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The copepod from hell

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 23, 2015 09:00 AM
Ich, flukes, and velvet parasites are terrible enough, but they're no where near as grotesques as what this poor dwarf goby is suffering from: a gnarly parasitic copepod literally sucking the life out of its host . And you thought you were having a bad day
The copepod from hell

Find me a cleaner shrimp, STAT!

You can literally see the copepod pumping out the blood from the goby! Cry But as sad as we might feel for the little guy, it's pretty amazing to see the diversity of bizarre life found on coral reefs ... even if said life is a blood-sucking parasite.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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