Ommatokoita elongata is a 30 mm (1.2 in) long pinkish-white parasitic copepod, frequently found permanently attached to the corneas of the Greenland shark and Pacific sleeper shark. The parasites cause severe visual impairment, but it is thought that the sharks do not rely on keen eyesight for their survival. It is the only species in the genus Ommatokoita.
- R. Aidan Martin (October 4, 1998). "Greenland sharks and parasites".
- George W. Benz, Joanna D. Borucinska, Lloyd F. Lowry & Herbert E. Whiteley (2002). "Ocular lesions associated with attachment of the copepod Ommatokoita elongata (Lernaeopodidae: Siphonostomatoida) to corneas of Pacific sleeper sharks Somniosus pacificus captured off Alaska in Prince William Sound". Journal of Parasitology 88 (3): 474–481. doi:10.1645/0022-3395(2002)088[0474:OLAWAO]2.0.CO;2.
- Geoff Boxshall (2009). T. Chad Walter & Geoff Boxshall, ed. "Ommatokoita Leigh-Sharpe, 1926". World Copepoda database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
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