Folia Parasitologica, vol. 59 (2012), issue 2

Folia Parasitologica 59[2] 148-152 (2012) | 10.14411/fp.2012.020

Distribution of Hatschekia pagellibogneravei (Copepoda: Hatschekiidae) on the gills of Pagellus bogaraveo (Teleostei: Sparidae) from Madeira, Portugal

Margarida Hermida1,2, Cristina Cruz1,2, Aurélia Saraiva1,2
1 Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, Departamento de Biologia, Rua do Campo Alegre, Edifício FC4, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
2 CIIMAR, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, Rua dos Bragas, 289, 4050-123 Porto, Portugal

A population of the gill parasite Hatschekia pagellibogneravei (Hesse, 1878) was studied on one of its sparid fish hosts, the blackspot seabream, Pagellus bogaraveo (Brünnich), off the coast of Madeira Island, Portugal, northeast Atlantic. Very high infection levels of this copepod were detected, with no significant seasonal differences. Abundance was negatively correlated with fish size. There were significant differences in the distribution of this copepod among the gill arches of the host, which seem to be best explained by differences in water flow within the gill habitat.

Keywords: copepoda, ectoparasites, marine fish, microhabitat, northeast Atlantic

Received: January 23, 2012; Accepted: March 27, 2012; Published: June 1, 2012


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