Parasitology Research

, Volume 117, Issue 4, pp 1025–1033 | Cite as

Parasites of skipjack, Katsuwonus pelamis, from Madeira, Eastern Atlantic

  • Margarida HermidaEmail author
  • Bárbara Cavaleiro
  • Lídia Gouveia
  • Aurélia Saraiva
Original Paper


Skipjack tuna, Katsuwonus pelamis, is a tropical species of economic importance for fisheries around the world. It occurs seasonally in subtropical waters around Madeira archipelago, in the warmer months. In this study, a parasitological analysis was carried out on a sample of 30 skipjack caught near Madeira Island. A total of 24 parasite taxa were found in this sample. The skipjack parasite community detected was characterized by a wide diversity of parasites, with a predominance of adult didymozoid trematodes, and high prevalences of Tentacularia coryphaenae cestode larvae and Anisakis sp. larvae. Microhabitat distribution of gill parasites was assessed for the most prevalent species, and correlations between parasite abundance and various host features such as size, condition, and fat content were investigated. Parasite taxa which might be useful as biological tags in future studies of skipjack migrations in the Eastern Atlantic were selected.


Atlantic Katsuwonus pelamis Madeira Parasites Portugal Skipjack Tuna 


Funding information

Margarida Hermida was financially supported by a post-doctoral grant form ARDITI (Regional Agency for Development of Research, Technology and Innovation of Madeira), Project M1420-09-5369-FSE-000001. Bárbara Cavaleiro was financially supported by a research grant within the project OceanWebs (PTDC/MAR-PRO/0929/2014). This study was partially supported by the Oceanic Observatory of Madeira Project (M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000001-Observatório Oceânico da Madeira-OOM).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CIIMAR-Madeira, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of MadeiraFunchalPortugal
  2. 2.Oceanic Observatory of MadeiraFunchalPortugal
  3. 3.Faculty of Sciences, Biology DepartmentUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  4. 4.Research Services Directory, Regional Directorate of Fisheries of Madeira (DRP/DSI)FunchalPortugal
  5. 5.CIIMAR Interdisciplinary Center of Marine and Environmental ResearchPortoPortugal

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