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Any of numerous marine, freshwater, and terrestrial crustaceans of the order Isopoda, characterized by a flattened segmented body usually bearing seven pairs of legs and including the woodlice and gribbles.

[From New Latin Īsopoda, order name : iso- + New Latin -poda, -pod.]

i′so·pod′ adj.


(Animals) any crustacean of the order Isopoda, including woodlice and pill bugs, in which the body is flattened dorsoventrally
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Isopoda
isopodan, iˈsopodous adj


(ˈaɪ səˌpɒd)

1. any flattened crustacean of the order Isopoda, having seven pairs of similar legs, as wood lice and various aquatic forms.
2. of or pertaining to the Isopoda.
[1825–35; < New Latin Isopoda. See iso-, -pod]
i•sop•o•dan (aɪˈsɒp ə dn) adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.isopod - any of various small terrestrial or aquatic crustaceans with seven pairs of legs adapted for crawlingisopod - any of various small terrestrial or aquatic crustaceans with seven pairs of legs adapted for crawling
malacostracan crustacean - a major subclass of crustaceans
slater, woodlouse - any of various small terrestrial isopods having a flat elliptical segmented body; found in damp habitats
sea louse, sea slater - marine isopod crustacean
pleopod, swimmeret - one of the paired abdominal appendages of certain aquatic crustaceans that function primarily for carrying the eggs in females and are usually adapted for swimming
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The tropical marine isopod Dynamenella perforata was also reported to have epiphytic algae in exposed conditions whereas those that were provided shelter carried no such algae (Glynn, 1970).
2010), an isopod that can be found on the skin of the sea cucumber (Menzies & Miller 1955), a platyhelminth that lives in the coelom (Cannon 1990), and turbellarian parasites that live in its intestine (Hickman 1955, Jondelius 1996).
Plagiorhynchus cylindaraceus normally utilizes passerine birds as definitive hosts, particularly American robins (Turdus migratorius) and starlings (Sternus vidgaris) and the terrestrial isopod (Armadillidium vulgarae) as intermediate host.
2007) observed that exposure to mercury altered the bacterial community in the gut of a terrestrial isopod (Porcellio scaber); and Liebert et al.
Samples also revealed several new species of deep-sea creatures thriving on the whale's remains, including a 'bone-eating zombie worm' known as Osedax burrowing into the bones and a new species of isopod crustacean, similar to woodlice, crawling over the skeleton.
The Versalis fxP, a cluster system that provides an integrated solution with multiple process steps, is fitted with Pegasus Rapier, APS, ICP and Isopod plasma etch modules together with an APM unit for plasma-enhanced CVD (PECVD).
She has studied a range of animals from the giant isopod which looks like a large underwater wood louse to Antarctic fish.
This species normally occurs in the gill chambers of fishes and this represents only the third record of this isopod from the northern hemisphere (Williams et al.
Larval digeneans of the siphonariid pulmonates Siphonaria lessoni and Kerguelenella lateralis and the flabelliferan isopod Exosphaeroma sp.
We collected 22 taxa (10 species & 12 taxa identified to genus or family) of invertebrates, including one isopod, 1 decapod, 4 pelecypods, 1 gastropod, 1 leech, 1 annelid, I triclad, 5 dipterans, 2 odonates, 2 coleopterans, 2 hemipterans, and 1 megalopteran.
Sfenthourakis (1992) gave a clearer picture of the variation of isopod assemblages along altitudinal gradients in three mountain systems of Greece.