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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Isopoda
Family: Asellidae
Genus: Lirceus
Rafinesque, 1820 [1]
Type species
Lirceus fontinalis
Rafinesque, 1820

Lirceus is a genus of isopod crustaceans in the family Asellidae that live in southern Canada and the eastern United States as far west as the Great Plains.[1] Of the 15 species in the genus,[2] two are listed as either endangered (EN) or vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List.


  1. ^ a b Leslie Hubricht & J. G. Mackin (1949). "The freshwater isopods of the genus Lirceus (Asellota, Asellidae)". American Midland Naturalist. 42 (2): 334–349. doi:10.2307/2422012. JSTOR 2422012. 
  2. ^ Marilyn Schotte (2009). M. Schotte; C. B. Boyko; N. L. Bruce; G. C. B. Poore; S. Taiti; G. D. F. Wilson, eds. "Lirceus Rafinesque-Schmaltz, 1820". World Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial Isopod Crustaceans database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (2005). "Virginia's Northern Ridge and Valley". Virginia's comprehensive wildlife conservation strategy (PDF). Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. 
  4. ^ Inland Water Crustacean Specialist Group (1996). "Lirceus culveri". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1996: e.T12120A3322906. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1996.RLTS.T12120A3322906.en. Retrieved 27 December 2017. 
  5. ^ John Holsinger & Wil Orndorff (Summer 2008). "Lee County Cave Isopod (Lirceus usdagulun). 5-Year Review: Summary and Evaluation" (PDF). United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 
  6. ^ Inland Water Crustacean Specialist Group (1996). "Lirceus usdagalun". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1996: e.T12121A3323005. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1996.RLTS.T12121A3323005.en. Retrieved 27 December 2017.