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The small black dots on this pumkinseed's head and pectoral fin are a parasite called Neascus (black grub). Anglers encountering fish with the parasite should not be alarmed since it is common and not harmful to fish or humans. (Jason Durham/For the Enterprise)

Black spots on area fish aren't harmful

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"What are all of those black spots on this fish?" The guide clients' faces contorted in disgust as they examined the small sunfish dangling from the end of the fishing line at arms length.

If you fish at all, you've probably encountered one of these speckled specimens, their scaly skin rough with tiny black dots.

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