|Evolution and zoogeography of the Isopoda Bopyridae, parasites of Crustacea Decapoda|
Markham, J.C. (1986). Evolution and zoogeography of the Isopoda Bopyridae, parasites of Crustacea Decapoda, in: Gore, R.H. et al. Crustacean biogeography. Crustacean Issues, 4: pp. 143-164
In: Gore, R.H.; Heck, K.L. (1986). Crustacean biogeography. Crustacean Issues, 4. A.A. Balkema: Rotterdam, The Netherlands [etc.]. ISBN 90-6191-593-7. 292 pp., more
In: Schram, F.R. (Ed.) Crustacean Issues. Balkema/CRC Press/Taylor & Francis: Rotterdam. ISSN 0168-6356, more
The isopod family Bopyridae comprises 469 described species, all of them ectoparasites of decapod crustaceans; it accounts for at least 80% of all species of its suborder, the Epicaridea. The family is divided into ten subfamilies, each of which is largely restricted to hosts belonging to a single decapodan infraorder or lower taxon. The most primitive subfamily is Pseudioninae, members of which probably first infested anomurans of the family Galatheidae. All other subfamilies are derivable from the Pseudioninae, some through a series of genera infesting thalassinideans and designated the Thalassinidean Transition. Evidently the two major subfamilies of abdominal parasites arose separately. The center of distribution and probably of origin of the Bopyridae is the tropical Indo-West Pacific, with progressively fewer species being found westward to the eastern Pacific. Most subfamilies follow this overall pattern, but some deviate markedly from it.