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funnybanana
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Posted - 04/14/2011 :  04:50:55 AM  Show Profile Send funnybanana a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Up late doing some homework for school and wanting to take a break. I've noticed a white parasitic looking bug in some menhaden's mouths I've used as bait. What are these things? They're pretty freaky looking. I'm pretty sure there's not a symbiotic relationship between the bug and the fish, but maybe I'm wrong?

backlash
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Posted - 04/14/2011 :  05:08:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit backlash's Homepage Send backlash a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bluefish sometimes get a parasite in their gills that's small and white, not sure i it's the same as I usually dont examine menhaden, they die to quick, one way or another
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marshtacky
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Posted - 04/14/2011 :  1:40:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit marshtacky's Homepage Send marshtacky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
they live in nearly all ocean fish. next time you catch a king look in his throte and they usually line the inside. I have seen up to 20 in a single fish.

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wildlifesc
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Posted - 04/14/2011 :  2:24:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit wildlifesc's Homepage Send wildlifesc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
May be copepods...
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funnybanana
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Posted - 04/14/2011 :  2:32:38 PM  Show Profile Send funnybanana a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Kind of look like mantis shrimp. Can't really find an answer on Google, but did find they're sometimes called bugfish because of their oral inhabitants. Oh well. Kind of interesting.
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wildlifesc
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Posted - 04/14/2011 :  6:04:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit wildlifesc's Homepage Send wildlifesc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Most likely it's gill lice...Lironeca:

Lironeca is a rather large isopod and its body is flattened top to bottom. It is commonly seen on the gills of striped bass, as well as on Atlantic menhaden and bluefish. It is mostly seen in the summer months at higher salinities.


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ejinsc
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Posted - 04/15/2011 :  7:22:29 PM  Show Profile Send ejinsc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Jim, is that the same bug I see on redfish in the winter that litter the bottom of the boat when you catch them? I don't think I have seen them in the warmer months.

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funnybanana
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Posted - 04/15/2011 :  9:30:14 PM  Show Profile Send funnybanana a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wildlifesc

Most likely it's gill lice...Lironeca:

Lironeca is a rather large isopod and its body is flattened top to bottom. It is commonly seen on the gills of striped bass, as well as on Atlantic menhaden and bluefish. It is mostly seen in the summer months at higher salinities.






Yeah, that's the bug. One of the perks of being a menhaden.
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barbawang
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Posted - 04/18/2011 :  11:25:49 AM  Show Profile  Send barbawang an AOL message Send barbawang a Private Message  Reply with Quote
you got it wildlife.

the redfish isopods are probably a different species, but very close. a lot of isopod and copepod parasites are very host-specific. "fish lice" copepods (the flat ones that almost look like tiny horseshoe crabs) are far less so.
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freshhooks
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Posted - 04/18/2011 :  12:57:16 PM  Show Profile Send freshhooks a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Looks like a sandflea...
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