Dorsal and lateral figures of female Tainisopus fontinalis, from here.

Belongs within: Isopoda.
Contains: Oniscidea, Valvifera, Sphaeromatidea, Limnoriidea, Cymothoida.

The Scuticoxifera are a major clade within the isopods, uniting the oniscideans, valviferans, anthuroideans, and the polyphyletic ‘flabelliferans’.

Synapomorphies (from Brandt & Poore 2003): Coxae I-VII transformed into plates in contact with entire length of tergite; penes medial on pereonite VII; anterior filter channels of stomach curving laterally or in transverse position (except Anthuroidea).

<==Scuticoxifera [Cymothoada, Cymothoidea, Flabellifera]
    |  i. s.: Archaeoniscus [Archaeoniscidae]BWW93
    |           |--A. brodiei Milne Edwards 1843BWW93
    |           `--A. texanus Wieder & Feldmann 1992BWW93
    |  `--+--ValviferaBP03
    |     `--SphaeromatideaBP03
    `--+--Tainisopidae [Tainisopidea]BP03
       |    |--Pygolabis Wilson 2003BP03
       |    `--Tainisopus Wilson & Ponder 1992BP03
       |         `--T. fontinalis Wilson & Ponder 1992BP03
       `--+--Phoratopus [Phoratopidea, Phoratopodidae]BP03
          |    `--P. remex Hale 1925BP03

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BP03] Brandt, A., & G. C. B. Poore. 2003. Higher classification of the flabelliferan and related Isopoda based on a reappraisal of relationships. Invertebrate Systematics 17: 893–923.

[BWW93] Briggs, D. E. G., M. J. Weedon & M. A. Whyte. 1993. Arthropoda (Crustacea excluding Ostracoda). In: Benton, M. J. (ed.) The Fossil Record 2 pp. 321–342. Chapman & Hall: London.

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