Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 67, Issue 2, pp 119–124 | Cite as

A new species of Prohatschekia Nunes-Ruivo, 1954 (Copepoda: Hatschekiidae) parasitic on Scorpaena elongata (Cadenat) off Algeria

  • Fazia Hamza
  • Geoff Boxshall
  • Nadia Kechemir-Issad
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Abstract

A new species of parasitic copepod, Prohatschekia mediterranea n. sp. (Siphonostomatoida: Hatschekiidae), is described from a scorpaenid fish, Scorpaena elongata, collected off Algeria. This is the seventh species of Prohatschekia Nunes-Ruivo, 1954 to be described and the first record of the genus from the Mediterranean Sea. The new species is most closely related to P. cremouxi Nunes-Ruivo, 1954, known from a congeneric host collected in Senegal. A key is provided to distinguish the new species from other members of the genus.

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Acknowledgement

The first author would like to thank the Natural History Museum for use of facilities during her study visit in December, 2005.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fazia Hamza
    • 1
  • Geoff Boxshall
    • 2
  • Nadia Kechemir-Issad
    • 1
  1. 1.Biological Faculty of Science, Laboratoire de Ecology Environment, Equipe ParasitologieUniversité de Science & Technologie HouariAlgiersAlgeria
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyNatural History MuseumLondonUK

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