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  Superorder Podoplea

Order Poecilostomatoida

    Family Ergasilidae -- midwestern North America.
    Family Anchimolgidae
    Family Anomoclausiidae
    Family Antheacheridae
    Family Anthessiidae
    Family Bomolochidae
    Family Catiniidae
    Family Chitonophilidae
    Family Chondracanthidae
    Family Clausidiidae
    Family Clausiidae
    Family Corallovexiidae
    Family Corycaeidae
    Family Cyclopettidae
    Family Cyclopicinidae
    Family Echiurophilidae
    Family Enterocolidae
    Family Enteropsidae
    Family Entobiidae
    Family Erebonasteridae
    Family Eunicicolidae
    Family Gastrodelphyidae
    Family Giselinidae
    Family Hemicyclopinidae
    Family Intramolgidae
    Family Kelleriidae
    Family Lamippidae
    Family Lernaeosoleidae
    Family Lichomolgidae
    Family Lichomologidae
    Family Lubbockiidae
    Family Macrochironidae
    Family Mesoglicolidae
    Family Micrallectidae
    Family Myicolidae
    Family Mytilicolidae
    Family Nereicolidae
    Family Nucellicolidae
    Family Octopicolidae
    Family Oncaeidae
    Family Paralubbockiidae
    Family Pharodidae
    Family Philichthyidae
    Family Philoblennidae
    Family Phyllodicolidae
    Family Polyankyliidae
    Family Psammocyclopinidae
    Family Pseudanthessiidae
    Family Pterinopsyllidae
    Family Rhizothricidae
    Family Rhynchomolgidae
    Family Sabelliphilidae
    Family Sapphirinidae
    Family Schminkepinellidae
    Family Scolecithrichidae
    Family Serpulidicolidae
    Family Shiinoidae
    Family Smirnovipinidae
    Family Spiophanicolidae
    Family Splanchnotrophidae
    Family Synapticolidae
    Family Synaptiphilidae
    Family Taeniacanthidae
    Family Tegobomolochidae
    Family Telsidae
    Family Thamnomolgidae
    Family Tuccidae
    Family Urocopiidae
    Family Vahiniidae
    Family Vaigamidae
    Family Xarifiidae
    Family Xenocoelomatidae

Taxon Information

The Order Poecilostomatoida has been reported (or is assumed) to occur in fresh waters. This taxon has been reported from midwestern states of North America.

(These statements were generated automatically from the WInvertebrates database.)

Literature Records

  • Poecilostomatoida, "Most members of this large order are marine; only some species of the family Ergasilidae occur in freshwater" (Reid & Williamson, 2010).
  • Poecilostomatoida, [North America] (Smith, 2001).


  • Reid, J.W. & C.E. Williamson. 2010. Copepoda. [in] J.H. Thorp & A.P. Covich (eds.). Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates, 3rd edition: 829-899.
  • Smith, D.G. 2001. Copepoda. Pennak's Freshwater Invertebrates of the United States, 4th edition: 489-517.

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