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CALIGUS ELONGATUS

Definition

A caligid parasitic copepod of marine fish with some host preferences. The life cycle of this species includes two free-living larval stages (nauplii I and II), an infective copepodid stage which is free-swimming, four attached juvenile stages (Chalimus I-IV), two pre-adult stages and the adult. Damage to fish is caused by attachment and feeding on the skin, leading to local irritation, greater sensitivity to UV-light, and secondary infections. Integument damage occurs progressively, ultimately resulting in erosions or ulcerations at the attachment sites. It is typically found in holarctic regions.

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