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Anthosoma crassum is a copepod crustacean and a parasite of fish, particularly sharks.The preferred hosts are fast swimming lamniform sharks, including
  • blue shark
  • mako shark
  • white shark
but it has also been reported from the whale shark and from a bony fish, ocean sunfish (Kabata).Once on its host Anthosoma crassum burrows into the skin until it is partially buried, with only its rear end protruding from the cavity it has excavated.Shark skin is tough and the copepods often burrow into softer tissues such as the mouth, or walls of the gill chamber.Anthosoma crassum feeds on the tissues and blood of its hosts.

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