Commensal Parasite Photo


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Coccineis ceticola diatoms grow on the skin of a blue whale.  The thin brown film of commensal parasitic Coccineis diatoms, likely the species Coccineis ceticola, are often found on the skin of large cetaceans, Coccineis ceticola, Balaenoptera musculus, Santa Rosa Island, California Coccineis ceticola diatoms grow on the skin of a blue whale. The thin brown film of commensal parasitic Coccineis diatoms, likely the species Coccineis ceticola, are often found on the skin of large cetaceans. Commensal Parasite Photo.
Image ID: 27025  
Species: Blue whale, Coccineis diatoms, Coccineis ceticola, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: Santa Rosa Island, California, USA
 

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Categories Appearing Among These Images:
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Blue Whale
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Blue Whale
Gallery  >  Blue Whales
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Marine Sanctuaries  >  Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Species Appearing Among These Images:
Balaenoptera musculus
Coccineis ceticola

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Updated: December 16, 2017