Infection of Lophoura edwardsi Kölliker, 1853 (Copepoda: Sphyriidae), on the Hollowsnout Grenadier Coelorinchus caelorhincus (Risso, 1810) (Osteichthyes: Macrouridae) in the southeastern Mediterranean

Bella S. Galil, Guy Paz, Yana Yudkovski, Menachem Goren, Hadas Lubinevsky, Jacob Douek, Baruch Rinkevich

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Abstract

Lophoura edwardsi, a rarely recorded deep-water parasitic copepod, is reported for the first time from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. We document its incidence of infection in hauls made between 2014 and 2020 on the Israeli upper slope, southeastern Mediterranean Sea. All 15 post-metamorphic females parasitized the deep-water macrourid Coelorinchus caelorhincus. Molecular analysis of 5 specimens revealed four 18S rRNA and four COI haplotypes. Comparisons of 18S rRNA to the Siphonostomatoida sequences available in NCBI confirm L. edwardsi is closely related to the cofamilial Tripaphylus elongatus. The recent emergence of a small but stable population may augur changes in the Levantine slope ecosystem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-273
Number of pages7
JournalZoology in the Middle East
Volume67
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Levant
  • New record
  • deep sea mesoparasite
  • molecular marker

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