Folia Parasitologica, vol. 55 (2008), issue 4

Folia Parasitologica 55[4] 265-269 (2008) | 10.14411/fp.2008.034

Gyrodactylus pisculentus sp. n. (Monogenoidea: Gyrodactylidae) associated with mortality of the northern pipefish, Syngnathus fuscus (Syngnathiformes: Syngnathidae) at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Sea Rogers Williams1,3, Delane C. Kritsky2, Bridget Dunnigan1, Rebecca Lash1, Peter Klein1
1 NOAA Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole Science Aquarium, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 20543, USA
2 Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, College of Health Professions, Box 8090, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 83209, USA
3 Current address: National Marine Life Center, 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-0269, USA

Gyrodactylus pisculentus sp. n. is described from the head, body and fins of the northern pipefish, Syngnathus fuscus Storer (Syngnathidae) from the environs of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. The new species is compared with Gyrodactylus shorti and Gyrodactylus syngnathi, species previously recorded from pipefish in the United States and Norway, respectively. Gyrodactylus pisculentus was frequently associated with mortality of northern pipefish held in quarantine at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium during 2002-2005. The clinical account of the infections and treatment protocols are presented.

Keywords: Monogenoidea, Gyrodactylidae, Gyrodactylus pisculentus, Syngnathus fuscus, Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Received: March 27, 2008; Accepted: June 9, 2008; Published: December 1, 2008


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