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Volume 47, Issue 4


Parasitization of monkey goby, Neogobius fluviatilis (Pallas, 1814) (Actinopterygii: Gobiidae), at localities with different salinity levels

Yuriy Kvach
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  • Institute of Marine Biology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Pushkinska 37, 65011 Odessa, Ukraine
  • Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Květná 8, 60365 Brno, Czech Republic
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Published Online: 2018-12-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ohs-2018-0035


Parasitism of monkey goby, Neogobius fliviatilis, was assessed at three brackish water localities with different salinity levels (Gulf of Odessa, Khadzibey Estuary, Lake Kytay) and one freshwater site along the Lower Danube River (Vidin). A total of 25 parasite taxa were identified, with minimum parasite richness recorded in the Khadzhibey Estuary (three species) and the maximum along the Lower Danube (11 species). Parasite richness in the mesohaline Gulf of Odessa and oligohaline Lake Kytay was lower, but still relatively high compared to the Khadzibey Estuary. Our study indicates that freshwater populations of monkey goby host richer and more abundant parasite communities than those inhabiting brackish waters with (more or less) stable salinity. Unstable abiotic conditions that probably affected the parasite’s intermediate hosts contributed to the reduction in parasite species in the estuarine zone of the Danube.

Key words: Ponto-Caspian gobies; Danube River; Black Sea; human-impacted waterbodies; native range; parasites


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Received: 2018-02-24

Accepted: 2018-04-09

Published Online: 2018-12-03

Published in Print: 2018-12-19

Citation Information: Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, Volume 47, Issue 4, Pages 376–383, ISSN (Online) 1897-3191, ISSN (Print) 1730-413X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ohs-2018-0035.

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