Striped bass are important predators on Atlantic menhaden and help maintain prey populations at sustainable levels. Major parasites of striped bass include copepods (e.g., Ergasilus labracid), tapeworms, cestode worms (e.g., Proteocephalid larvae), protists (e.g., Colponema, Trichodina, and Glossatella), myxozoans (e.g., Myxosoma morone), roundworms (e.g., Philometra rubra), and spiny-headed worms (e.g., Pomphorhynchus rocci larvae). For a complete account of parasites specific to this species, please reference Paperna and Zwerner (1976).
Ecosystem Impact: keystone species
- Paperna, I., D. Zwerner. 1976. Parasites and diseases of striped bass, Morone saxatilk (Walbaum), from the lower Chesapeake Bay. Journal of Fish Biology, 9: 267-287.
- Paperna, I., D. Zwerner. 1982. Host-parasite relationship of Ergasilus labracid Krøyer (Cyclopidea, Ergasilidae) and the striped bass, Morone saxatilis (Walbaum) from the lower Chesapeake Bay.. Ann Parasitol Hum Comp, 57/4: 393-405.