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Title: Siphonostomatoida  
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Subject: Copepod, Lepeophtheirus pectoralis, Salmon louse, Plankton, Poecilostomatoida
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Lernaeocera branchialis (Pennellidae)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Maxillopoda
Subclass: Copepoda
Order: Siphonostomatoida
Thorell, 1859

Siphonostomatoida is an order of copepods, containing around 75% of all the copepods that parasitise fishes.[1] Their success has been linked to their possession of siphon-like mandibles and of a "frontal filament" to aid attachment to their hosts.[2] Most are marine, but a few live in fresh water.[3] There are 39 recognised families:[4]


  1. ^ Alan Gunn & Sarah Jane Pitt (2012). "Arthropod parasites". Parasitology: An Integrated Approach.  
  2. ^ Zbigniew Kabata (1992). Copepods Parasitic on Fishes: Keys and Notes for the Identification of British Species.  
  3. ^ Kjersti Tjensvoll (2005). Lepeophtheirus salmonisStudies on the mitochondrial genome and rDNA genes from the salmon louse, ( 
  4. ^ WoRMS (2013). "Siphonostomatoida".  

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