09 July 2015

Xiphias and Pennella

This juvenile swordfish Xiphias gladius was infested with ectoparasites Pennella sp. These copepods are not uncommon on large fish as well as on whales and dolphins. This sworfish performed several breaches, possibly an attempt of getting rid of ectoparasites that, unfortunately, don't detach so easily

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Gulf of Corinth, Greece)

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