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|Isopod help!! Rdg.
Hi Bob, I am hoping you can help, I found this and think it's an isopod!
<Appears to be>
I am wandering how you can Identify if it is a shrimp of a fish predator?
<Need better image/s. Read here:
and the linked files above>
This was in our quarantine tank,
I am a bit concerned as had to put all livestock in here late December due
to a tank leak! Would any symptoms of them being present in the main system
be present by now?
None of the fish have ulcers and I haven't seen them on any of our fish!
How do you get rid of them? Your help is much appreciated.
<Read. Bob Fenner>
Here is a couple more pics of the isopod!
|Re: Isopod help!!
I think it is a spheramatid as the eyes are on the side of the head not the
top, it could also roll up!
Is there a big difference between the males and females tail? Thank-you!
<Not much. B>
Isopod parasite 11/29/13
I have just removed a half inch isopod from the bucal cavity of my
blenny. They blenny was suffering from swelling in the area and labored
breathing and so my LFS suggested a freshwater dip as a last resort to
see what was wrong.The copper and Prazi-pro I had previously tried
treating this fish with seem to have little effect as the "lump" (now
confirmed as an isopod) continued to grow. To my horror this giant
(compared to the fish) thing tried backing its way out my fishes gills
during the dip.
Sadly it was too large for this and became jammed in. I was forced to
extract it with tweezers in an attempt to allow the fish to breath. The
fish survived the initial removal but was either too stressed or had too
much gill damage. He is now barley hanging on and I don't believe he
will survive. I am very concerned about my other fish. Everything
I am reading is either about external isopod parasites or the one that
eats the tongue. I am hoping one of the crew may know more about this
bucal cavity isopod and what I should do to spare my other fish from
this horrible ordeal.
I am not even sure if they are infected or if this was a one time thing
but I do not want to lose any more fish.
A very sad and horrified,
<Buccal cavities are not strange places for some isopod parasites...
great placement for water movement, protection from predators and foods!
Due to their life cycle requirements there is not much chance that
others are inhabiting or likely to infest your other fishes. Bob Fenner>
Re: Isopod parasite 11/30/13
Thank-you very much. I tried to find out more about what type of isopod
this was but quickly found out that classifying these creatures takes a
lifetime of study.
<Classifying perhaps; but identification not a big deal...>
The best I could do is that it is from the family of Aegid. I will be
replacing my blenny with a captive bred individual so that
I don't have to deal with the chance of another one of these coming in
with a wild caught fish.
ID Needed 8/13/07 Hi. This little creature from the
coast of Maine (Bailey Island) on a mussel shell is 3.7mm long.
Can you please ID? Thanks, David Reed <Interesting... appears
to be a crustacean of some sort... any chance for an image of the
underside (to show its legs?)... almost looks like a juvenile
Limulus with the single trailing "tail". Bob Fenner>
Re: ID Needed 8/13/07 Here are a couple more
shots taken when it crawled onto my finger. David
<Ahh! Does appear to be an Isopod here. Bob Fenner>