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1 October 2017 First Account of the Metazoan Parasite Fauna of Oilfish Ruvettus pretiosus Cocco, 1829 (Perciformes: Gempylidae) in South African Waters
Irfan Nunkoo, Mark J Weston, Cecile C Reed, Carl D van der Lingen, Sven Kerwath
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Abstract

Parasites are an important but neglected component of ecosystems that can be used as indicators of host biology and ecology. In the present study, the metazoan parasite assemblage of Ruvettus pretiosus, an understudied but widely distributed predatory gempylid, caught off South Africa was surveyed. A total of seven parasite taxa, including four new infection records (Bolbosoma capitatum, Rhadinorhynchus sp., Hepatoxylon trichiuri and Anisakis sp.), two new locality records (B. capitatum and Rhipidocotyle sp.) as well as the ectoparasitic copepod Sagum foliaceus and the cestode Tentacularia coryphaenae were recovered from the eight specimens examined.

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Irfan Nunkoo, Mark J Weston, Cecile C Reed, Carl D van der Lingen, and Sven Kerwath "First Account of the Metazoan Parasite Fauna of Oilfish Ruvettus pretiosus Cocco, 1829 (Perciformes: Gempylidae) in South African Waters," African Zoology 52(4), 237-241, (1 October 2017). https://doi.org/10.1080/15627020.2017.1411831
Received: 16 August 2017; Accepted: 1 November 2017; Published: 1 October 2017
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Benguela
mesopelagic
parasitism
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