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Metazoan parasites of grey mullets (Teleostea: Mugilidae) from the Mistras Lagoon (Sardinia - western Mediterranean)

Merella, Paolo and Garippa, Giovanni (2001) Metazoan parasites of grey mullets (Teleostea: Mugilidae) from the Mistras Lagoon (Sardinia - western Mediterranean). Scientia Marina, Vol. 65 (3), p. 201-206. eISSN 1886-8134. Article.

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Abstract

A total of 127 specimens of grey mullets (Teleostea: Mugilidae) from the Mistras Lagoon (Sardinia - western Mediterranean) were examined for metazoan parasites. Five species of grey mullets were found: Chelon labrosus, Liza aurata, L. ramada, L. saliens and Mugil cephalus. Forty-one species of parasites were identified: 14 monogeneans, 5 crustaceans, 18 digeneans, 3 nematodes and 1 acanthocephalan; 26 of them being reported from Sardinia for the first time. Findings of faunal interest are: Ergenstrema sp. (Monogenea) in L. saliens; Caligus pageti (Crustacea) in L. aurata and L. saliens; Saturnius sp. (Digenea) in C. labrosus, L. aurata and L. saliens; Capillaria sp. (Nematoda) in C. labrosus, L. aurata and M. cephalus. The dynamics and distribution of ectoparasites were partially influenced by salinity, while the interpretation of the results for endoparasites was more complex. The data obtained show the richness of the parasite fauna of grey mullets from the Mistras Lagoon, providing additional environmental information on this body of water.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:2742
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ectoparasites, endoparasites, Teleostea, Mugilidae, western Mediterranean, Sardinia
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > VET/06 Parassitologia e malattie parassitarie degli animali
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Biologia animale
Publisher:Institut de Ciències del Mar de Barcelona (CSIC)
eISSN:1886-8134
Publisher Policy:Depositato per gentile concessione dell'Editore
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:08

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