Valvifera


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Valvifera

[val′vif·ə·rə]
(invertebrate zoology)
A suborder of isopod crustaceans distinguished by having a pair of flat, valvelike uropods which hinge laterally and fold inward beneath the rear part of the body.
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The association between Mytilus chilensis Hupe (Bivalvia, Mytilidae) and Edotea magellanica Cunningham (Isopoda, Valvifera) in southern Chile.
Other crustacean items included Tanaidacea (Malacostraca), Ciprinidae (Ostracoda), Hemigrapsus crenulatus (Decapoda), and Idotheinae (Isopoda, Valvifera) which as a group represented less than 1% of the total individuals counted.
The breeding biology of Idotea pelagica (Isopoda: Valvifera) with notes on the occurrence and biology of its parasite Clypeoniscus hanseni (Isopoda: Epicaridea).