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a Linnaean genus of parasitic Entomostraca, -- the same as the family Lernaeidae
Origin: [NL., fr. L. Lernaeus Lernan, fr. Lerna, Gr. Le`rnh, a forest and marsh near Argos, the mythological abode of the hydra.]
Lernaea is a genus of copepod crustaceans commonly called anchor worms, parasitic on freshwater fishes. They mate during the last free-swimming stage of development. After mating, the female burrows into the flesh of a fish and transforms into an unsegmented, wormlike form, usually with a portion hanging from the fish's body.
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