fish lice

fish louse

noun
any of numerous small crustaceans, especially certain copepods, parasitic on the skin and gills of fish.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To fish lice
Collins
World English Dictionary
fish louse
 
n
any small flat rounded crustacean of the subclass Branchiura, having sucking mouth parts: parasites of fish

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

fish lice

any member of the crustacean subclass Branchiura, a group of parasites of migratory marine and freshwater fishes. Of the approximately 120 known species, most belong to the genus Argulus. The fish louse has a very distinctive oval-shaped, flattened body formed by a broad carapace. Other notable physical features include compound eyes, a pair of large suckers, four pairs of branched thoracic swimming limbs, and a tiny unsegmented abdomen. The body measures about 10 to 30 mm (0.4 to 1.2 inches) long. Most fish lice are effective swimmers, but many species tend to move through the water by a somersaulting action. They attach themselves to the skin of the host with their strong suckers, and they feed on its blood or mucus by using modified disklike piercing and sucking mouthparts. Unlike many related parasitic crustaceans, they deposit their eggs rather than carry them attached to the body

Learn more about fish lice with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;