Gyrodactylus salaris is a small parasitic flatworm that is native to the Baltic Sea. It is a yellowish-brown color and has a distinctively shaped head. It is a hermaphrodite, meaning it has both male and female reproductive organs. It is a freshwater species and is typically found on the gills of salmonid fish. Its lifespan is approximately two weeks and its current population is estimated to be around 1,000 individuals.
Name Origin: Gyrodactylus salaris is a species of parasitic flatworm that is native to Europe. The name Gyrodactylus is derived from the Greek words gyros, meaning "circle", and daktylos, meaning "finger". This is in reference to the circular shape of the organism's body and the finger-like projections on its surface. The species name salaris is derived from the Latin word sal, meaning "salt", as this species is commonly found in saltwater habitats.
Related Species: Gyrodactylus derjavini, Gyrodactylus arcuatus, Gyrodactylus turnbulli, Gyrodactylus derjavini var. derjavini, Gyrodactylus derjavini var. kazachstanicus, Gyrodactylus derjavini var. kirgizicus, Gyrodactylus derjavini var. tianschanicus