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DAO 131:133-142 (2018)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03294

Parasites of amberjacks from the archipelago of Madeira, Eastern Atlantic

Bárbara Cavaleiro1,2, Margarida Hermida2,3,4,*, Aurélia Saraiva1,5

1University of Porto, Faculty of Sciences, Biology Department, Rua do Campo Alegre, Edifício FC4, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
2MARE-Madeira, Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Quinta do Lorde Marina, 9200-044 Caniçal, Madeira, Portugal
3CIIMAR-Madeira, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of Madeira, Edifício Madeira Tecnopolo, Caminho da Penteada, 9020-105 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
4Oceanic Observatory of Madeira, Edifício Madeira Tecnopolo, Caminho da Penteada, 9020-105 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
5CIIMAR, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões, Av. General Norton de Matos, 4450-208 Porto, Portugal
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ABSTRACT: Amberjacks, Seriola spp., are a group of carangid fishes of economic importance for fisheries and aquaculture worldwide. A survey of the parasites of greater amberjack S. dumerili and almaco jack or longfin yellowtail S. rivoliana from the Madeira archipelago (including the Madeira and Selvagens Islands) was carried out. This work is the first parasitological study of these 2 species in the Eastern Atlantic. A total of 14 parasite taxa were detected in the 47 fish analysed: Allencotyla mcintoshi, Stephanostomum petimba, Rhadinorhynchus sp. and Caligus aesopus (in both Seriola spp.); Dionchus agassizi, Zeuxapta seriolae, Tormopsolus orientalis, Didymocystis sp. and Anisakis sp. (in S. rivoliana); Tetrochetus coryphaenae, Stephanostomum sp., S. ditrematis, Oncophora melanocephala and Hysterothylacium seriolae (in Seriola dumerili). The monogenean Dionchus agassizi and the nematode O. melanocephala constitute new host records for the genus Seriola, and the species Allencotyla mcintoshi, Z. seriolae, Tormopsolus orientalis, H. seriolae, and C. aesopus are reported in the region of Madeira for the first time. Some of the parasites detected, in particular Z. seriolae and C. aesopus, could constitute a threat to amberjack aquaculture, and measures should be taken to prevent their introduction into sea cages.


KEY WORDS: Amberjack · Seriola dumerili · Seriola rivoliana · Madeira · Parasites · Atlantic · Portugal


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Cite this article as: Cavaleiro B, Hermida M, Saraiva A (2018) Parasites of amberjacks from the archipelago of Madeira, Eastern Atlantic. Dis Aquat Org 131:133-142. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03294

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