whale louse

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Noun1.whale louse - amphipod crustacean parasitic on cetaceans
amphipod - a kind of malacostracan crustacean
Cyamus, genus Cyamus - whale lice
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Cyamids were present on 20% of the 673 whales that were examined for cyamid ectoparasites.
Cyamids (Crustacea, Amphipoda), also known as "whale lice," are ectoparasites that feed on the epidermis of whales (Rowntree, 1983, 1996; Schell et al.
Long-term visual health assessments of North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) suggest a relationship between the spatial distribution and relative abundance of cyamids and the health status of their host (Pettis et al.
To do so, we compiled and analyzed data from all harvest records of bowheads that were visually inspected for cyamids.
The presence, location, and relative abundance of cyamids were noted, as were other biometric and demographic data.
Because harvested bowheads typically had fewer than 10 cyamids present, and the count distribution was highly skewed (e.
Annual patterns in the percentage of harvested whales with cyamids, as well as the mean annual length of harvested whales, were assessed for temporal autocorrelation using the "acf" function in R.
Cyamids were present on a total of 137 (20%) of the whales examined.
Body condition (COND) was also significant and was positively associated with the probability that cyamids were present.
Patches of red on the stricken whale show it is infested with tiny crabs called cyamids.
However, it is unknown at what point the genus Xenobalanus arose, and presently no data exist on the evolutionary age of cyamids for comparison.