Multiple purple spots in the Caribbean sea fan Gorgonia ventalina caused by parasitic copepods at St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean
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KeywordsPurple spots Sea fan Gorgonia ventalina Copepoda Lamippidae Symbiosis Dutch Caribbean
The fieldwork was supported by a Temminck-Fellowship to VNI by Naturalis Biodiversity Center. St. Eustatius Marine Parks (STENAPA), Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute (CNSI) and Scubaqua Dive Center provided logistic support. Light microscopy and data analysis were supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (#15-29-02601 and #15-54-78061, respectively). Scanning electronic microscopy was supported by the Russian Scientific Fund (#14-50-00029). Two anonymous reviewers provided helpful comments.
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