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Volume 59, Issue 1


Parasites of the head of Scomber colias (Osteichthyes: Scombridae) from the western Mediterranean Sea

Salvatore Mele
  • Parassitologia e Malattie Parassitarie, Dipartimento di Medicina Veterinaria, Università di Sassari, via Vienna, 2, 07100, Sassari, Italy
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Published Online: 2014-02-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11686-014-0207-5


The metazoan parasite assemblage of the head of 30 specimens of the Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) from the western Mediterranean Sea was analysed. Eight species of parasites were found, four mazocraeid monogeneans: Grubea cochlear (prevalence = 10%), Kuhnia scombercolias (59%), K. scombri (52%), Pseudokuhnia minor (86%); three didymozoid trematodes: Nematobothrium cf. faciale (21%), N. filiforme (41%), N. scombri (7%); and one laerneopodid copepod: Clavelissa scombri (7%). Results were compared with previously published data from 14 localities of the eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, using non-parametric univariate and multivariate analyses, and the whole parasite fauna of S. colias was compared with that of the congeners (S. australasicus, S. japonicus and S. scombrus). Parasites showed to reflect the biogeographical and phylogenetic history of host. From a methodological point of view, the use of both non-parametric univariate and multivariate techniques proved to be effective tools to detect dissimilarities between parasite assemblages.

Keywords: Didymozoidae; Lernaeopodidae; Mazocraeidae; Scomber colias; Mediterranean Sea; Sardinia

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Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 59, Issue 1, Pages 173–183, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11686-014-0207-5.

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