Folia Parasitologica, vol. 62 (2015)

Folia Parasitologica 62:054 (2015) | 10.14411/fp.2015.054

The discovery of male Caligus brevicaudatus Scott, 1901 (Copepoda: Caligidae) parasitic on tub gurnard, Chelidonichthys lucerna (Linnaeus) from the eastern Mediterranean

İbrahim Demirkale1, Argun Akif Özak1,2, Geoffrey Allan Boxshall2
1 Department of Fish Diseases & Aquaculture, Faculty of Fisheries, University of Cukurova, Adana, Turkey;
2 Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London, UK

Caligus brevicaudatus Scott, 1901, a common but poorly known species of parasitic copepod, is redescribed from newly collected specimens of both sexes. The new material was collected from the body surface of tub gurnards, Chelidonichthys lucerna (Linnaeus), caught in eastern Mediterranean waters off the Turkish coast. Inadequately described female structures from earlier descriptions are redescribed and illustrated in detail and the male of C. brevicaudatus is described for the first time. The new material of C. brevicaudatus is compared with material collected by A. Scott and stored in the collections of the Natural History Museum, London. In addition, a voucher specimen of Caligus uranoscopi Vaissière, 1955, stored in the collections of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris is re-examined. Caligus uranoscopi is recognised as a junior subjective synonym of C. brevicaudatus since it does not differ in any substantive characters.

Keywords: Crustacea, ectoparasite, marine fish, Mediterranean Sea, redescription

Received: June 16, 2015; Accepted: July 30, 2015; Published online: September 17, 2015


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