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Aspidoconcha limnoriae
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Aspidoconcha limnoriae
Taxonomic Group: Crustaceans-Ostracods


Aspidoconcha limnoriae is a small ostracod, which lives commensally on the appendages and abdomen of wood-boring isopods of the genus Limnoria (gribbles). Its native region is unknown, but an introduced population is known from San Diego, California, where it has been found on L. tripunctata. It is known from cold-temperate to Mediterranean climates (i.e. Quebec, Italy and San Diego) on marinas, piers, floating and submerged logs, and vessel hulls. No economic or ecological impacts have been reported for this species.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
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