Albunione yoda

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Albunione yoda
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Isopoda
Family: Bopyridae
Genus: Albunione
Species: Albunione yoda
Markham & Boyko, 2003 [1]

Albunione yoda is a marine isopod assigned to the family Bopyridae, which is known to occur near Taiwan. It is an ectoparasite that resides in the gills of its host, the mole crab Albunea groeningi. A. yoda was named after a character of the Star Wars saga, Jedi Master Yoda, because with the slightly curved long lateral extensions of the head of the female, it looks like the head of Yoda with his long drooping ears.[2]


  1. ^ Christopher Boyko & Marilyn Schotte (2013). Schotte M, Boyko CB, Bruce NL, Poore GC, Taiti S, Wilson GD, eds. "Albunione yoda Markham & Boyko, 2003". World Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial Isopod Crustaceans database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  2. ^ John C. Markham & Christopher B. Boyko (2003). "A new species of Albunione Markham & Boyko, 1999 (Crustacea: Isopoda: Bopyridae: Pseudioninae) from Taiwan" (PDF). American Museum Novitates. 3410: 1–7. doi:10.1206/0003-0082(2003)410<0001:ANSOAM>2.0.CO;2.