Folia Parasitologica, vol. 60 (2013), issue 4

Folia Parasitologica 60[4] 365-371 (2013) | 10.14411/fp.2013.038

A new species of Heterochondria (Copepoda: Chondracanthidae) parasitic on many-banded sole, Zebrias fasciatus (Pleuronectiformes: Soleidae) from Korea, with a key to the species of the genus

Seong Yong Moon1,2, Ho Young Soh2
1 Department of Biology, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gangneung, Korea;
2 Division of Marine Technology, Chonnam National University, Yeosu, Korea

Abstract: A new species of Chondracanthidae (Copepoda: Cyclopoida), Heterochondria orientalis sp. n., is described based on specimens of both sexes collected from the gill rakers and the inner side of the operculum of the many-banded sole, Zebrias fasciatus (Basilewsky), from the Yellow Sea, Korea. The new species resembles most closely H. zebriae (Ho, Kim et Kuman, 2000), but can be distinguished from this species and other congeners by the shape of the trunk and length of the antenna, the number of teeth on the mandible and the terminal process of the maxilla, and the structure of the male antennule and maxilliped. Heterochondria orientalis is the first copepod species reported from Z. fasciatus and the first heterochondrid species reported from sole fishes in the Northwest Pacific. A key to distinguish all 10 nominal species of the genus is provided.

Keywords: fish parasite, taxonomy, sole fish, parasitic copepod, Korea

Received: January 7, 2013; Accepted: February 24, 2013; Published: September 19, 2013


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