Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 57, Issue 1, pp 19–34 | Cite as

Two species of parasitic copepods (Caligidae) new to Japan

  • Ju-shey Ho
  • Samuel Gómez
  • Kazuo Ogawa
  • Masato Aritaki


Two species of parasitic copepods (Siphonostomatoida: Caligidae), Caligus sclerotinosus Roubal, Armitage & Rohde, 1983, parasitic on red seabream Pagrus major (Temminck & Schlegel), and Lepeophtheirus longiventralis Yü & Wu, 1932, parasitic on spotted halibut Verasper variegatus (Temminck & Schlegel), are redescribed based on material found on their respective hosts cultured in Japan. Both species are new to Japan. Preliminary observation on the occurrence of L. longiventralisindicates that the larval development takes place on the body surface of the host and only the post-mated female migrates into the host's gill-cavities. Whilst the occurrence of L. longiventralis in Japan can be considered as due to natural causes, the occurrence of C. sclerotinosus is likely due to anthropogenic activities.


Body Surface Anthropogenic Activity Larval Development Preliminary Observation Respective Host 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ju-shey Ho
    • 1
  • Samuel Gómez
    • 2
  • Kazuo Ogawa
    • 3
  • Masato Aritaki
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesCalifornia State UniversityLong BeachUSA
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y LimnologíaUnidad Académica MazatlánMazatlán, SinaloaMexico
  3. 3.Department of Aquatic Bioscience, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of Tokyo, YayoiBunkyo, TokyoJapan
  4. 4.Miyako Station of Japan Sea-Farming AssociationMiyako, IwateJapan

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