Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 367–375 | Cite as

Redescription of Caligus serratus Shiino, 1965 (Copepoda: Caligidae) parasitic on eleven fish species from Chamela Bay in the Mexican Pacific

  • Francisco N. Morales-Serna
  • Zaira L. Hernández-Inda
  • Samuel Gómez
  • Gerardo Pérez-Ponce de León
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Abstract

Caligus serratus Shiino, 1965 (Copepoda: Caligidae), a parasite on 11 fish species caught in Chamela Bay off the Pacific Coast of Mexico, is redescribed based on material found on Pacific agujon needlefish Tylosurus pacificus (Steindachner, 1876). Caligus serratus can be distinguished from its congeners by the combination of the following characters: i) short abdomen (approximately 0.2 times as long as cephalothorax), ii) pointed posteromedial process on the first segment of the antenna, iii) sternal furca with bluntly pointed, diverging tines, and iv) leg 4 exopod bearing 3 unequal, distal spines (the shortest 0.2 times the length of the longest). Microphotographs of female and illustrations of both female and male are provided. The redescription of this species might be useful given its low host specificity.

Keywords

Siphonostomatoida parasitic crustaceans marine fish tropical Pacific Mexico 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco N. Morales-Serna
    • 1
  • Zaira L. Hernández-Inda
    • 1
  • Samuel Gómez
    • 2
  • Gerardo Pérez-Ponce de León
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Zoología, Instituto de BiologíaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMéxico D.F.México
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Unidad Académica MazatlánUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMazatlánSinaloa, México

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