Malacostraca | Isopoda
Schotte, M., B.F. Kensley and S. Shilling. 1995. (Ref. 3113)
Size / Weight / Age
Reef-associated; depth range 0 - ? m (Ref. 3113)
Climate / Range
Western Indian Ocean: United Arab Emirates and Reunion Is.
Family Gnathiidae is comprised of parasitic isopods that are common ectoparasites of coral reef fishes. In general, they feed on the blood, lymph and tissue of the host fish (Ref. 108490). Members of the order Isopoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Mating usually occurs before and sometimes during the parturial molt. Sperm transfer is indirect. Life cycle: Eggs are brooded in the marsupium, which later hatch into manca postlarva before developing into adults (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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