Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 57, Issue 2, pp 179–189 | Cite as

Catoessa boscii (Crustacea, Isopoda, Cymothoidae) parasitic on Carangoides malabaricus (Pisces, Carangidae) from India. Taxonomy and host-parasite relationships

  • Jean-Paul Trilles
  • Samuthirapandian Ravichandran
  • Ganapathy Rameshkumar
Original Paper


Catoessa boscii (Bleeker, 1857) (Crustacea, Isopoda, Cymothoidae), is redescribed according to the type specimen observed by Schioedte and Meinert (1884) extant in the Rijksmuseum von Natuurlijke Historie, Leiden (RMNH) and from many additional specimens recently collected in India from Carangoides malabaricus (Pisces, Carangidae). This study allows an updating of the diagnosis of the genus Catoessa and of the species Catoessa boscii. Some parasite-host relationships were studied during the year. Prevalence and sex ratio of parasites varied according to the month, and the sex and size of hosts.


Isopoda Cymothoidae Catoessa boscii redescription host-parasite relationships 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Paul Trilles
    • 1
  • Samuthirapandian Ravichandran
    • 2
  • Ganapathy Rameshkumar
    • 2
  1. 1.UMR 5119 (CNRS-UM2-IFREMER-IRD), Equipe Adaptation Ecophysiologique et OntogenèseUniversité Montpellier 2Montpellier Cedex 05France
  2. 2.Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine SciencesAnnamalai UniversityParangipettaiIndia

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