Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 87, Issue 2, pp 111–126 | Cite as

A new parasitic copepod (Cyclopoida: Bomolochidae) from a ponyfish (Leiognathidae) caught in Egyptian Mediterranean waters, with a review of hosts and key to species of Nothobomolochus

  • Hoda Hassan El-Rashidy
  • Geoffrey Allan Boxshall


A new bomolochid copepod belonging to the genus Nothobomolochus Vervoort, 1962 is described from a Red Sea fish species, a ponyfish of the family Leiognathidae that has become established in the Eastern Mediterranean. The new species, N. leiognathicola n. sp., is based on material obtained from the gill chamber of the Red Sea immigrant ponyfish Leiognathus klunzingeri (Steindachner), caught in Egyptian waters off the Alexandria coast at Abuqir. A second new species, N. monodi n. sp., is established to accommodate some material previously described as N. denticulatus (Bassett-Smith, 1898), from the host Hemiramphus far Forsskål. A review of host records reveals that Nothobomolochus species utilise hosts representing five different orders, but are most commonly found on beloniform, clupeiform and perciform fishes. A newly constructed key to the 37 valid species of Nothobomolochus is presented.


Dorsal View Distal Margin Parasitic Copepod Endopod Segment Exopod Segment 
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The authors are grateful to Dr K. Shalaeva for translating locality data from the papers of Avdeev.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hoda Hassan El-Rashidy
    • 1
  • Geoffrey Allan Boxshall
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Oceanography, Faculty of ScienceAlexandria UniversityAlexandriaEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Life SciencesThe Natural History MuseumLondonUK

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