Redescription of Elthusa sinuata (Koelbel, 1879) Comb.Nov. (Isopoda, Cymothoidae) Parasitizing the Red Bandfish in Turkey

  • Ahmet Öktener
  • Jean Paul Trilles
  • Engin Kocabaş
  • Haşim İnceoğlu
  • Ali Alaş


Livoneca sinuata Koelbel, 1879 (Isopoda, Cymothoidae) is known from the Mediterranean Sea. In this study, this species is redescribed and transferred to the genus Elthusa according to the current status of this: body weakly twisted, antennula shorter than antenna, posterior margin of cephalon not trilobed, pleonite 1 slightly narrower than pleonite 2, maxilliped with oostegital lobe and pleopods all lamellar, without lobes or folds. This species was collected on the red bandfish, Cepola macrophthalma, and reported for the first time in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey. The species is also photographed for the first time on the host.


Cymothoidae Elthusa Livoneca Isopoda Red bandfish Turkey 



The samples identified in this study were obtained in the sampling area of study for TAGEM/HAYSUD/2011/A11/P-02/2 Project carried by Sheep Research Institute and supported by Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Türkiye. The authors gratefully acknowledge the following individuals for technical and facility support: Dr.Kerry Hadfield Malherbe verified Elthusa genus; Dr. Alessandro Ceregato, Rita Mascolo, Giovanni Maffei for obtain scanned literature. First author dedicates this paper to the memory of Professor Murat Sezgin, who passed away in the traffic accident.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Deparment of FisheriesSheep Research InstituteBandırmaTurkey
  2. 2.Université de MontpellierMontpellierFrance
  3. 3.Department of Biology, A.K. Education FacultyNecmettin Erbakan UniversityMeramTurkey

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