One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An order of crustaceans that includes the terrestrial wood lice and several marine and freshwater parasites. They have a flattened segmented body with seven similar pairs of legs.
- ‘The Socorro isopod is a member of the order Isopoda, which is distinguished from other orders of the class Crustacea by its flattened body and seven pairs of legs.’
- ‘Neither Amphipoda nor Isopoda is known from the early Paleozoic when the Crustacea are generally represented in the fossil record by the valve-bearing Ostracoda.’
- ‘A good example is members of the Isopoda, which produce fully formed young.’
- ‘Since the Isopoda are not otherwise known as fossils until the Pennsylvanian, an isopod affinity for Esmeraldacaris would be unexpected.’
- ‘To each of six aquaria, individuals of Asellus aquaticus (Isopoda) or Chironomus plumosus larvae were added.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek isos ‘equal’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.
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