DAO 103:55-64 (2013)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02564

Endohelminth parasites of the blacktail comber Serranus atricauda (Pisces: Serranidae), from Madeira Archipelago (Atlantic Ocean)

Graça Costa1,*, Mahnaz Khadem2, Sofia Silva3, Egberto Melo Moreira1, Stefano D’Amélio4

1Estação de Biologia Marinha do Funchal, and 2ISOPlexis, Universidade da Madeira, Promenade Orla Marítima do Funchal, 9000-107 Funchal, Portugal
3Direcção Regional do Ambiente e Recursos Naturais, 9064-506 Funchal, Portugal
4Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rome La Sapienza, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 00185 Rome, Italy
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ABSTRACT: Four different endohelminth parasite taxa were found in the viscera of the blacktail comber Serranus atricauda Günther, 1874 caught in the Madeira Archipelago. Nematodes were the dominant group, represented by 2 different taxa, Hysterothylacium spp. Ward & Magath, 1917 and Procamallanus (Spirocamallanus) halitrophus Fusco & Overstreet, 1978 comb. n. Plerocerci of the trypanorhynch Pseudogrillotia epinepheli (synonym: Grillotia epinepheli) Scholz, Garippa & Scala, 1993, and cystacanths of the acanthocephalan Bolbosoma vasculosum Rudolphi, 1819 were found in the visceral cavity. New host records for P. (S.) halitrophus and P. epinepheli and the extension of the geographic distribution of these 2 parasite species provide evidence of parasite transference between the Madeira Archipelago, the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Mexico. The paucity of the parasite fauna of blacktail comber reflect a combination of fish host selective feeding on particular dietary items and its territorial behaviour.


KEY WORDS: Serranidae · Serranus atricauda · Trypanorhyncha · Anisakid · Hysterothylacium · Bolbosoma vasculosum · Acanthocephala · Madeira Island


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Cite this article as: Costa G, Khadem M, Silva S, Moreira EM, D’Amélio S (2013) Endohelminth parasites of the blacktail comber Serranus atricauda (Pisces: Serranidae), from Madeira Archipelago (Atlantic Ocean). Dis Aquat Org 103:55-64. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02564

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