Global diversity of fish parasitic isopod crustaceans of the family Cymothoidae

  title={Global diversity of fish parasitic isopod crustaceans of the family Cymothoidae},
  author={N. E. J. M. Smit and Niel L. Bruce and Kerry A. Hadfield},
  booktitle={International journal for parasitology. Parasites and wildlife},
Of the 95 known families of Isopoda only a few are parasitic namely, Bopyridae, Cryptoniscidae, Cymothoidae, Dajidae, Entoniscidae, Gnathiidae and Tridentellidae. Representatives from the family Cymothoidae are obligate parasites of both marine and freshwater fishes and there are currently 40 recognised cymothoid genera worldwide. These isopods are large (>6 mm) parasites, thus easy to observe and collect, yet many aspects of their biodiversity and biology are still unknown. They are widely… CONTINUE READING
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