Livoneca redmanii (gill louse)

Livoneca lat

Notes: This is a living specimen. The spots may disappear when preserved. Livonica redmanii is a fish parasite, typically attaching to the mouth or gill areas of a variety of fishes on both Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Males are occasionally in the plankton, presumably looking for hosts or mates. Once attached, males may transform into functional females who remain attached to their host. This isopod grows to 20 mm.

Collected by Paul Kenny, Baruch Marine Lab, University of South Carolina.

 Below: Dorsal viewLivoneca dorsal 1

Livoneca telson

 

Posterior showing telson and uropods