Haemobaphes spp are a copepod parasite which infects the gills of marine fish.
It has been reportedly documented in Alaska pollack (Theragra chalcogramma), Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) and littlemouth flounder (Pleuronectes herzensteini).
The parasite can be observed visually in the gill filaments, and causes wasting and anaemia in affected fish. Since this parasite is not infectious to human, it is harmless in food hygiene.
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