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Westward range expansion of the Lessepsian migrant Fistularia commersonii (Fistulariidae) in the Mediterranean Sea, with notes on its parasites

Pais, Antonio and Merella, Paolo and Follesa, Maria Cristina and Garippa, Giovanni (2007) Westward range expansion of the Lessepsian migrant Fistularia commersonii (Fistulariidae) in the Mediterranean Sea, with notes on its parasites. Journal of Fish Biology, Vol. 70 (1), p. 269-277. eISSN 1095-8649. Article.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2006.01302.x

Abstract

One adult female bluespotted cornetfish Fistularia commersonii was captured near the coast of Arbatax (Sardinia, Italy) in late October 2005. Macroscopic and microscopic analysis of the gonad revealed a postspawning ovary. Several body parts of the damselfish Chromis chromis were found in its stomach contents. Different developmental stages of 58 metazoan parasites belonging to Arthropoda, Nematoda and Platyhelminthes were detected in its mouth and digestive tract. The lepocreadiid Allolepidapedon fistulariae was reported for the first time from the Mediterranean and, with the exception of this species, all the parasites found were reported for the first time in this host. This new record of F. commersonii may confirm the rapid range expansion of this Lessepsian migrant in the western Mediterranean Sea, as well as the presence of its endoparasite A. fistulariae.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:1893
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fistularia commersonii, Italy, Lessepsian migration, Mediterranean Sea, parasites, Sardinia
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/20 Zoocolture
Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > VET/06 Parassitologia e malattie parassitarie degli animali
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze zootecniche
001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Biologia animale
Publisher:Blackwell / Wiley
eISSN:1095-8649
Copyright Holders:© 2007 The Authors, Journal compilation © 2007 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:06

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