Isopod Engorged With Blood

Isopods (small, shrimp-like animals) like this one (Gnathia aureusmaculosa) are the mosquitoes of the sea, sucking the blood of fish while they sleep. Find out more in "No Fouling Around" from the Citizens of the Sea blog series.

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The scientific name for the slender isopod is Cyathura polita. Search for this species on the Encyclopedia of Life and the World Register of Marine Species for information about its ecology, distribution, photos, and more.

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