Rev. biol. mar. oceanogr. 53(S1): 51-56
Nota Científica

 


Copépodos parásitos (Siphonostomatoida: Pandaridae) de Prionace glauca e Isurus oxyrinchus, capturados en la costa central de Chile

Christian Véliz1, Zambra López2,3, M. Teresa González2 y Enzo Acuña1,4*


1Departamento de Biología Marina, Universidad Católica del Norte, Casilla 117, Coquimbo, Chile
2Instituto de Ciencias Naturales ‘Alexander von Humboldt’, Facultad de Ciencias del Mar, Universidad de Antofagasta, Casilla 170,Antofagasta, Chile
3Programa Doctorado en Ciencias, mención en Ecología y Biología Evolutiva, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Las PalmerasN°3425, Ñuñoa, Santiago de Chile
4Millenium Nucleus for Ecology and Sustainable Management of Oceanic Islands (ESMOI), Departamento de Biología Marina, Universidad Católica del Norte, Coquimbo, Chile

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In the Chilean coast, sharks and rays are one of the least studied fish groups, therefore quantitative data about their
parasites are scarce or almost non existing. Copepod parasites were collected from different sites along corporal body of
Prionace glauca (n= 12) and of Isurus oxyrinchus (n= 1) captured onboard cruise OCEARCH during March and April 2014. Three species belonging to the Pandaridae family were identified: Echthrogaleus coleoptratus, Dinemoura producta and Nessipus orientalis. The latter species is here recorded for the first time in Chilean waters. These copepods did not show infection site preferences along host body. Considering the wide range of hosts described for these parasite species, it is concluded they are generalist parasites of wide geographic distribution
In the Chilean coast, sharks and rays are one of the least studied fish groups, therefore quantitative data about theirparasites are scarce or almost non existing. Copepod parasites were collected from different sites along corporal body of Prionace glauca (n= 12) and of Isurus oxyrinchus (n= 1) captured onboard cruise OCEARCH during March and April 2014. Three species belonging to the Pandaridae family were identified: Echthrogaleus coleoptratus, Dinemoura producta and Nessipus orientalis. The latter species is here recorded for the first time in Chilean waters. These copepods did not show infection site preferences along host body. Considering the wide range of hosts described for these parasite species, it is concluded they are generalist parasites of wide geographic distribution.

Key words:  Parasites, Echthrogaleus, Dinemoura, Nessipus, Prionace, Isurus

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