Isopods are micropredators of deep-water sharks; however, their associations are poorly described in the scientific literature. We present the association of three isopod genera Aega sp., Aegaphales sp., and Cirolana sp. with two species of deep-sea shark, the Cuban dogfish (Squalus cubensis) and the sharpnose sevengill (Heptranchias perlo). Although limited conclusions can be drawn from this observation, it provides a novel association of micropredatory isopods with two poorly studied species of deep-water shark.
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Thanks to N. Bruce for ID, The Cape Eleuthera Institute, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, PADI Foundation, and Experiment.com donors for funding, and to C Ward and K Magnenat for lab assistance.
Communicated by A. Brandt
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Shipley, O., Talwar, B., Grubbs, D. et al. Isopods present on deep-water sharks Squalus cubensis and Heptranchias perlo from The Bahamas. Mar Biodiv 47, 789–790 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-016-0519-9
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