Soldierfish isopod

Soldierfish isopod
Soldierfish isopod
Phylum Arthropoda, subphylum Crustacea (lobsters, shrimps, crabs, barnacles, mantis shrimp, horseshoe crab, hermit crabs)
Anilocra laticaudata
0 to 100+ ft
This strange crustacean is a parasite, which in the Cayman Islands is only found in association with the blackbar soldierfish. In other areas, similar isopods are known to associate with different hosts. Attaching itself to the head of the blackbar soldierfish, the isopod gains nutrition from the host, but does not appear to damage the host. The range and abundance of this isopod is not clear. In the Cayman Islands, it is not abundant, but when seen is always associated with the blackbar soldierfish.

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