Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 380–384 | Cite as

First occurrence of native cymothoids parasites on introduced rabbitfishes in the Mediterranean Sea

  • Esmail Shakman
  • Ragnar Kinzelbach
  • Jean Paul Trilles
  • Michel Bariche
Research Note


This paper presents the first record of two native Mediterranean cymothoid species caught attached to introduced Lessepsian rabbitfishes. This is also the first record of cymothoids from the coastal waters of Libya. Anilocra physodes was collected from Siganus luridus while Nerocila bivittata was found on both Siganus rivulatus and S. luridus. Rabbitfishes in the southern central Mediterranean have acquired native Mediterranean cymothoids but do not seem to be infested along the Levantine coast.


Isopoda Cymothoidae Anilocra physodes Nerocila bivittata rabbitfish Mediterranean Sea Libya 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esmail Shakman
    • 1
  • Ragnar Kinzelbach
    • 1
  • Jean Paul Trilles
    • 2
  • Michel Bariche
    • 3
  1. 1.General and Systematic ZoologyRostock UniversityRostockGermany
  2. 2.Equipe Adaptation Ecophysiologique et OntogenèseUMR 5119 (CNRS-UM2-IFREMER)MontpellierFrance
  3. 3.Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and SciencesAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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