A Rational Look at Parasitic Copepoda and Branchiura

  • Z. Kabata


According to the type of their host-parasite relationship, parasitic copepods of fishes can be divided into three categories: ectoparasites, mesoparasites and endoparasites. Many ectoparasites and all mesoparasites are very injurious but the endoparasites appear to be relatively harmless.

The control measures against copepod parasites are of two categories: treatment of the water and treatment of the fish directly. The latter has not been widely exploited. To place the former on a sound basis it is necessary to know the structure and biological properties of the copepod cuticle. A thorough study of that tissue is recommended.


Permeability Test Parasitic Copepod Lateral Line Canal Therapeutic Substance Genital Complex 
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Ihren Wirt-Parasit Beziehungen nach, teilt man. parasitische Copepoden auf Ektoparasiten, Mesoparasiten und Endoparasiten. Manche Ektoparasiten und alle Mesoparasiten sind sehr schädlich aber die Ektoparasiten scheinen relativ unschädlich zu sein.

Die parasitische Copepoden sind auf eine von zwei Weisen kontrolliert: entweder wird das Wasser therapeutisch behandelt oder der Fisch selbst. Die erste Weise wird nicht weit verwendet. Um die zweite Weise gut zu begrilnden, sollte man die Struktur und die biologischen Eigenschaften der Copepodenhaut kennen. Eine eingehende Untersuchung dieses Gewebes wird empfehlt.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Kabata
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  1. 1.Department of the EnvironmentPacific Biological StationNanaimoCanada

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