Eurydice pulchra

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Eurydice pulchra
Eurydice pulchra.jpg
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]


  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. 

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