Nerocila acuminata (Isopoda: Cymothoidae) as an egg capsule parasite of Rostroraja texana: list of known hosts

  • Luis Fernando Del Moral-Flores Laboratorio de Zoología, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Av. De los Barrios N.° 1, Los Reyes Iztacala, C. P. 54090 Tlalnepantla, Estado de México, México. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7804-2716
  • Luis Alfredo Sotelo-Sánchez Laboratorio de Zoología, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Av. De los Barrios N.° 1, Los Reyes Iztacala, C. P. 54090 Tlalnepantla, Estado de México, México. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5798-5048
  • Manuel Ortíz Laboratorio de Crustáceos, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Av. De los Barrios N.° 1, Los Reyes Iztacala, C. P. 54090 Tlalnepantla, Estado de México, México. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4969-021X
Keywords: Batoidei, ectoparasite, Elasmobranchii, Gulf of Mexico, isopod

Abstract

Isopods of the Cymothoidae family are characterized for being ectoparasites of a wide variety of marine species including the shark and ray group. However, little is known of their interaction with this group. Consequently, this paper is aimed to present the first record of the association of four female N. acuminata isopods (20-28 mm total length, 15-18 mm wide) with two egg capsules of R. texana, found in the stomach of a S. lewini common hammerhead shark. The shark was captured on February 17, 2019 using artisanal fishing in Salinas Punta Roca Partida, southern Veracruz, Mexico. A list of 67 nominal host fish species as well as some unidentified fish is presented including 36 families, 19 orders, and two classes, registered for N. acuminata, which is characteristic of the western Atlantic, and its eastern Pacific counterpart, N. californica. This demonstrates that both isopod species have several host fish; however, a preference for demersal species is observed, highlighting the Sciaenidae family.

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Published
2020-02-21
How to Cite
Del Moral-Flores, L., Sotelo-Sánchez, L., & Ortíz, M. (2020). Nerocila acuminata (Isopoda: Cymothoidae) as an egg capsule parasite of Rostroraja texana: list of known hosts. Journal of Marine and Coastal Sciences, 12(1), 99-115. https://doi.org/10.15359/revmar.12-1.5

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