First record of Glossobius auritus Bovallius 1885 and Glossobius hemiramphi Williams and Williams 1985 (Crustacea: Isopoda: Cymothoidae) parasitizing the marine fishes from Indian Coast

  • Aneesh Panakkool-Thampan
  • Helna Ameri Kottarathil
  • Sudha Kappalli
  • Anilkumar Gopinathan


Survey on cymothoids infesting the marine fishes from the Malabar Coast, India recorded two species (Glossobius auritus Bovallius 1885 and Glossobius hemiramphi Williams and Williams 1985), new to India and both appear with new host fish, Cypselurus oligolepis (Bleeker) for G. auritus and Hemiramphus lutkei (Valencinnes) for G. hemiramphi. In the present paper, both species are re-described based on the live and fresh specimens collected from India; Re-description of G. auritus is based on male and female stages, while all the available life cycle stages such as male, transitional, female, juvenile and larvae (manca and premanca) were considered for the re-description of G. hemiramphi. The occurrence, distribution, site specific infestation and fecundity of newly recorded Glossobius spp. are also discussed.


Glossobius auritus Glossobius hemiramphi Cypselurus oligolepis Hemiramphus lutkei Indian coast 



Authors gratefully acknowledge UGC, New Delhi (F.No:38-218/2009(SR) dtd: 24/12/2009) and KSCSTE, Govt of Kerala (No.(T) 093/SRS/2011/CSTE, dated 25/06/2011) for the financial support to carry out the data collection for the work. Sincerely acknowledge the Director, ZSI, Kolkata for the encouragement and provision of facilities to carry out the description part of the work. Thanks due to Dr. Emily Dock Åkerman, Department of Zoology, SMNH, Stockholm, for the digital loan of type specimen. Thankfully acknowledge Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India for Post-Doctoral Fellowship awarded to PTA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aneesh Panakkool-Thampan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Helna Ameri Kottarathil
    • 1
  • Sudha Kappalli
    • 1
    • 3
  • Anilkumar Gopinathan
    • 4
  1. 1.Post Graduate Department of Zoology and Research CentreSree Narayana CollegeKannurIndia
  2. 2.Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of IndiaKolkataIndia
  3. 3.School of Biological SciencesCentral University of KeralaKasaragodIndia
  4. 4.School of Biosciences and TechnologyVIT UniversityVelloreIndia

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