Gill Maggots What is it? Gill maggots parasitic copepod in the genus Achtheres Parasitic copepod from Cherokee Reservoir, TN largemouth – Jim Negus Photo by Jim Negus, TWRA, Norris Reservoir Striped Bass, December 2003 Umbrella shaped bulla Modified maxillae Reduced mouth parts
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Parasitic copepod from Cherokee Reservoir, TN largemouth – Jim Negus
Photo by Jim Negus, TWRA, Norris Reservoir Striped Bass, December 2003
Reduced mouth parts
No legs and little segmentation
* Mature males are much smaller and are free swimming
1) They kill fish. NOT!
2) They render fish non-eatable. NOT!
3) They spread to people who swim in the lake. NOT!