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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Isopoda
Family: Cymothoidae
Genus: Cymothoa
Fabricius, 1787

Cymothoa is a genus of parasitic isopod crustaceans, containing the following species.[1] However, not all Cymothoa are considered parasitic. Some species climb onto fish in an act known as phoresy.


  1. ^ Marilyn Schotte (2012). M. Schotte; C. B. Boyko; N. L. Bruce; G. C. B. Poore; S. Taiti; G. D. F. Wilson, eds. "Cymothoa Fabricius, 1787". World Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial Isopod Crustaceans database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved October 6, 2012.