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Eurydice pulchra.jpg
Eurydice pulchra (Cirolanidae)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Superorder: Peracarida
Order: Isopoda
Clade: Scutocoxifera
Suborder: Cymothoida
Wägele, 1989

Cymothoida is the name of a suborder of isopod crustaceans with a mostly carnivorous or parasitic lifestyle. It contains more than 2,700 described species in four superfamilies. Members of the suborder are characterised by their specialised mouthparts which include a mandible with a tooth-like process which is adapted for cutting or slicing.[1]


Cymothoida contains these superfamilies and families:[2]


  1. ^ Srour, Marc (2012-07-13). "Tongue Biters and Deep Sea Giants: The Cymothoida (Crustacea: Isopoda)". Teaching Biology. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  2. ^ WoRMS. Schotte M, Boyko CB, Bruce NL, Poore GC, Taiti S, Wilson GD, eds. "Cymothoida". World Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial Isopod Crustaceans database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved November 11, 2012.