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This species belongs to the Copepoda among the crustaceans. Already the freshly hatched female nauplius larva becomes anchored by help of their hooks and claws (= former mouthparts) at the surface of fish and grow up to adult females (Fig. 1). Adult females reach a length of only 3–4 mm, while the males measure only 1 mm at the maximum and wander on the fish surface searching for females. Heavy infections may lead to death of infected fish due to increasing wounds and bacterial infections.
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