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Fish lice
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Argulus sp. on a stickleback
Scientific classification
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Subclass:
Branchiura
Order:
Arguloida

Yamaguti, 1963
Family:
Argulidae

Leach, 1819

Fish lice are the family Argulidae, or 'carp lice'. They are a group of parasitic crustaceans in the class Maxillopoda.

Although they are thought to be primitive forms, they have no fossil record. Argulidae is the only family in the order Arguloida (occasionally "Arguloidea"), although a second family, Dipteropeltidae, has been proposed.

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