Eurydice pulchra

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Eurydice pulchra
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Isopoda
Suborder: Cymothoida
Family: Cirolanidae
Genus: Eurydice
Species: E. pulchra
Binomial name
Eurydice pulchra
Leach, 1815[1]

Slabberina agata Van Beneden, 1861
Slabberina agilis G. O. Sars
Slabberina gracilis Bovallius[2]

Eurydice pulchra, the speckled sea louse, is a species of isopod crustacean found in the northeast Atlantic Ocean.

The generic name is for the nymph Eurydice of Greek mythology; the specific name means beautiful in Latin. The range of the species extends from Norway to the Atlantic coast of Morocco, but not into the Mediterranean Sea.[2] It lives in the intertidal zone on sandy shores. It has large eyes and long antennae, is grey to brown in colour, and has black spots (each one a chromatophore) on all its body surfaces.[3] Males grow up to 8 millimetres (0.31 in), while females reach 6.5 millimetres (0.26 in).[4]

On Aug. 7, 2017, an Australian teenager was bitten on the ankles and feet by hundreds of Cymothoida suborder lice in shallow waters at Brighton Beach in Melbourne. The teenager went to soak his feet after a football match and upon leaving the water brushed off what he thought was sand. The bites, about the size of pinholes, would not stop bleeding. Doctors were able to treat the teenager and a full recovery is expected after antibiotic treatment and bandaging. [5]


  1. ^ "Eurydice pulchra". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ a b M. J. de Kluijver & S. S. Ingalsuo. "Eurydice pulchra". Macrobenthos of the North Sea: Crustacea. Universiteit van Amsterdam. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  3. ^ G. C. Budd (2007). "Eurydice pulchra, speckled sea louse". Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme. Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 
  4. ^ P. J. Hayward & John Stanley Ryland (1995). Handbook of the Marine Fauna of North-west Europe. Oxford University Press. p. 800. ISBN 0-19-854055-8. 
  5. ^ Damien Cave and Tacey Rychter (2017). "Mysterious Sea Creatures in Australia Chew Up Teenager’s Legs,". New York Times. 

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