Ergasilidae


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Ergasilidae

[ər·gə′sil·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
A family of copepod crustaceans in the suborder Cyclopoida in which the females are parasitic on aquatic animals, while the males are free-swimming.
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Life cycle: In Ergasilidae only the female is parasitic, and is found on the gills of fish.
Bomolochidae Holobomolochus nudiusculus Caligidae Caligulus omissus Caligulus coryphaenae Caligulus mutabilis Caligulus pelamydis Caligulus productus Euryphorus nordmanni Leptophtherius curtus Lepophtheirus dissimulatus Midias lobotes Ergasilidae Ergasilus sieboldi Lernaeolopidoi Lernaeolopus striatus dae Penellidae Cardiodectes rubosus Collipravus arvus Cirripedia Balanus sp.
Only females are parasites among the species of Ergasilidae, releasing infective forms that freely swim until they find a fish to infect; the males live freely in the zooplankton (Malta & Varella, 1996; Piasecki & Avenant-Oldewage, 2008).