DAO 49:161-164 (2002)  -  doi:10.3354/dao049161

Dynamics of Kudoa camarguensis (myxosporean) infection in two gobiid species, Pomatoschistus microps and P. minutus (Teleostei: Pisces), in the Rhône River delta, France

C. Pampoulie*

Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat, Le Sambuc, 13200 Arles, France, and Laboratoire Ecosystèmes Lagunaires, UMR 5119, Université Montpellier II, Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
*Present address: KU Leuven, Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology, Charles de Bériotstraat 32, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. E-mail:

ABSTRACT: The occurrence of the myxosporean parasite Kudoa camarguensis was surveyed monthly during 1997 in a brackish-water lagoon of the Rhône River delta (France). K. camarguensis was found on its typical host, Pomatoschistus microps, and on an additional host, P. minutus. Prevalence and mean abundance were higher in the typical host than in the additional host due to differences in the temporal occupancy of the lagoon by the 2 species. The temporal occurrence of this myxosporean parasite is discussed in relation to the migratory habits of P. minutus and the sedentary habits of P. microps.


KEY WORDS: Myxosporean parasite · Kudoa camarguensis · Goby migration · Spawning strategy


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