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Black Spot

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Looks Bad

Commonly infected wildlife



Is this animal infected?

  • Black spot disease appears as small, round, black cysts. Spots are commonly seen in skin of infected fish, but can also be embedded in flesh

Black Spot

Can I get it?


  • Black spot is not known to infect humans

How bad can it get?

No Risk
No risk to humans

Protect myself and others

  • Trim away infested tissue and cook thoroughly
    before eating

Symptoms in humans

  • None known

Safe for pets?

Safe for pets

Yes - Remove infected tissue and cook thoroughly


What causes it?

  • A larvae trematodes causes this disease. Trematodes are parasitic flatworms that have suckers and hooks to attach themselves to host tissues