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Tropical Fish Word of the Day: Head and Lateral Line Erosion

Expand your tropical fish vocabulary with the FishChannel.com Tropical Fish Word of the Day.

Expand your tropical fish vocabulary with the FishChannel.com Tropical Fish Word of the Day.

Head and lateral line erosion (HLLE): (n.) Most often affecting saltwater species and freshwater cichlids, head and lateral line erosion (HLLE) is a condition that causes skin, scale and tissue loss in the head region and/or along the lateral line sensory system or flanks of fish. The lesions first appear as pinpoints that grow in size and number; these lesions lack pigmentation. Cause is unknown, though stress, vitamin deficiencies, the parasite Hexamita and poor water quality are thought to play a role; untreated cases can be disfiguring or fatal.

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