(Synidotea laticauda)

HABITAT: The isopod lives in shallow marine waters, under docks and rocks, in crevices, and in the gills of fish

DIET: Isopods eat plankton, algae, and the blood of host fish, crab, shrimp, lobsters and barnacles.

PREDATORS: The isopod is prey to fish, anemones, birds and worms.

FUN FACT: This isopod is related to the common backyard roly-poly. There are also several parasitic species of isopod, commonly known as “tongue-biters” for their habit of nibbling off fishes’ tongues and attaching themselves to the floor of the host’s mouth.