Nerocila orbignyi (Guérin-Méneville, 1832)

Identification

N. orbigny is an external parasite of fish which attaches itself with the recurved dactyls at the ends of its prehensile legs. It can be distinguished from Anilocra sp. by its prominent coxal plates, the posterolateral angles of pereonites 2-6 being extended, and by its head not narrowing at the front to form a projection between the antennae.

Distribution and Habitat

N. orbigny has been found off the south coast of England as an external parasite on various fish, including Thick-lipped Grey Mullet, Mackeral and Herring. Unlike Anilocra sp., it may attach towards the rear of the fish.

Distribution

Reference

Horton, T. & Baillie, C. 2019. Cymothoid isopods in UK Waters. PMNHS Bulletin 11, 44-50.

Naylor, E. & A. Brandt. 2015. Intertidal Marine Isopods. Synopses of the British Fauna (New Series), No. 3. Field Studies Council, for The Linnean Society of London.

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