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Lernaeocera branchialis (Pennellidae)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Copepoda
Superorder: Podoplea
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 40 recognised families:[4]


  1. ^ Alan Gunn & Sarah Jane Pitt (2012). "Arthropod parasites". Parasitology: An Integrated Approach. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781119945086.
  2. ^ Zbigniew Kabata (1992). Copepods Parasitic on Fishes: Keys and Notes for the Identification of British Species. Synopses of the British Fauna. Vol. 47. Field Studies Council for The Linnean Society of London and The Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association. p. 12. ISBN 9781851532650.
  3. ^ Kjersti Tjensvoll (2005). Studies on the mitochondrial genome and rDNA genes from the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis (PDF) (Doctor scientiarum thesis). University of Bergen.
  4. ^ WoRMS. "Siphonostomatoida". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 13 December 2022.