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Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 59, Issue 2, pp 316–322 | Cite as

Endohelminth parasites of the leafscale gulper shark, Centrophorus squamosus (Bonnaterre, 1788) (Squaliformes:Centrophoridae) off Madeira Archipelago

  • Graça Costa
  • Tomás Chada
  • Egberto Melo-Moreira
  • Serena Cavallero
  • Stefano D’Amelio
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Abstract

The endohelminth parasite fauna of a deep water shark, the leafscale gulper shark, Centrophorus squamosus, examined from Madeiran waters, from September 2009 to January 2010, consisted of larval and juvenile cestodes of two orders, namely Trypanorhyncha and Tetraphyllidea, and L3 stages of Anisakis spp. Infection with Anisakis spp. could be due to the shark’s opportunistic feeding on squids and black-scabbard fish, Aphanopus carbo, which is heavily parasitized by Anisakis spp. in Madeira waters. The occurrence of larval and juvenile cestodes only, in this shark, suggests that the leafscale gulper shark features as a paratenic or a dead-end host for the parasites.

Keywords

Tetraphyllidea Trypanorhyncha Anisakidae Centrophorus squamosus Madeira Island 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Graça Costa
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tomás Chada
    • 1
  • Egberto Melo-Moreira
    • 1
  • Serena Cavallero
    • 3
  • Stefano D’Amelio
    • 3
  1. 1.Estação de Biologia Marinha do FunchalUniversidade da Madeira, Promenade Orla Marítima do FunchalFunchalPortugal
  2. 2.ISOPlexisUniversidade da MadeiraFunchalPortugal
  3. 3.Department of Public Health SciencesUniversity of Rome La SapienzaPiazzale Aldo MoroItaly

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