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Re: Glochidal Infestation

Posted By: Wintek <wintek@aol.com>
Date: Wednesday, 31 March 1999, at 8:37 p.m.

In Response To: Re: The Dreaded Black Spot! Arr me Matey! (Dr. Momfish)


Well it sounds like I know what I'm talking about! That's the title of the article in The Manual of Fish Health that states that the black spots may be the "larval stages of freshwater mussels, such as Unio and Anodonta." "The larvae embed themselvesinto the skin, fins and gills of the fish and remain parasitic for several months. Eventually, fully formed miniature mussels fall away and begin a freee-living existence. While attached to the fish, this parasite does not appear to do a great deal of harm, unless present in very high numbers." "There is no reliable treatment for the glochidia w