Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 231–235 | Cite as

Thamnocephalus cerebrinoxius n. g., n. sp. (Copepoda: Sphyriidae), a parasite in the nasal capsules of Leptocharias smithii (Müller & Henle, 1839) (Pisces: Leptochariidae) off the coast of Senegal

  • Cheikhna Diebakate
  • André Raibaut
  • Zbigniew Kabata


Thamnocephalus cerebrinoxius n. g., n. sp. is a sphyriid copepod found in the nasal capsules of a small enzootic west African shark, Leptocharias smithii (Leptochariidae), caught off the coast of Senegal. The most characteristic feature of this copepod is its holdfast of numerous, profusely branching dendrites that penetrate the olfactory lobe of the host's brain. This type of host-parasite relationship is unique among all known parasitic copepods.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheikhna Diebakate
    • 1
  • André Raibaut
    • 2
  • Zbigniew Kabata
    • 3
  1. 1.Département de Biologie Animale, Faculté des Sciences et TechniquesUniversité Cheikh Anta DiopDakarSénégal
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Parasitologie Comparée, UMR CNRS 5555, Station Méditerranéenne de l'Environnement LittoralUniversité Montpellier IISèteFrance
  3. 3.Pacific Biological StationNanaimoCanada

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