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DAO 138:133-136 (2020)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03458

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First record of Piscicapillaria bursata (Nematoda: Capillariidae), a parasite of hammerhead sharks Sphyrna spp., in the western Atlantic Ocean

František Moravec1,*, Kaitlyn M. Dalrymple2, Ashley S. Galloway3, Amanda M. Barker4, Isaure de Buron2

1Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic
2Department of Biology, College of Charleston, 58 Coming Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001, USA
3Marine Resources Research Institute, Department of Natural Resources, 217 Fort Johnson Drive, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
4Marine Genomics Laboratory, Department of Life Sciences, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412, USA
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ABSTRACT: Examination of 32 spiral valves from neonate specimens of hammerhead shark Sphyrna spp. (Carcharhiniformes: Sphyrnidae) captured between June and August 2018 off the Atlantic coast of South Carolina, USA, revealed the presence of the capillariid nematode Piscicapillaria bursata (Capillariidae) in the Carolina hammerhead S. gilberti, the scalloped hammerhead S. lewini, and their hybrids. This is the second find of this parasite originally described from hammerhead sharks off Australia, its first record from the western Atlantic Ocean, and its first record in a new host species and in hybrids.


KEY WORDS: Parasitic nematode · Trichinelloidea · Sphyrnidae · South Carolina · USA


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Cite this article as: Moravec F, Dalrymple KM, Galloway AS, Barker AM, de Buron I (2020) First record of Piscicapillaria bursata (Nematoda: Capillariidae), a parasite of hammerhead sharks Sphyrna spp., in the western Atlantic Ocean. Dis Aquat Org 138:133-136. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03458

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