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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Isopoda
Suborder: Cymothoida
Superfamily: Bopyroidea
Family: Bopyridae
Rafinesque, 1815

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Shrimp displaying bulge indicating bopyrid parasitism

The Bopyridae are a family of isopod crustaceans in the suborder Cymothoida.[1] Members of the family are ectoparasites of crabs and shrimps. They live in the gill cavities or under the carapace where they cause a noticeable swelling. Fossil crustaceans have occasionally been observed to have a similar characteristic bulge.[2]



  1. ^ Chris Boyko & Marilyn Schotte (2011). M. Schotte; C. B. Boyko; N. L. Bruce; G. C. B. Poore; S. Taiti & G. D. F. Wilson, eds. "Bopyridae". World Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial Isopod Crustaceans database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  3. ^ An; Boyko; Li (2013). "A new genus and species of parasitic isopod (Isopoda: Bopyridae: Orbioninae) from Chinese waters, with a new locality and host record for Orbione halipori Nierstrasz & Brender à Brandis, 1923". Systematic Parasitology. 84 (2): 149–156. doi:10.1007/s11230-012-9396-1.