PARASITIC CESTODES OF FISH IN THE WATERS OFF GÖKÇEADA, NORTH AEGEAN SEA

Parasitic cestodes of fish in the waters off Gökçeada, North Aegean Sea

Ahmet Akmirza

Faculty of Fisheries, Istanbul University, Ordu St., No: 200, 34470, Laleli, Istanbul, TURKEY

Abstract

This study, performed in April, July, September, October 2011 and January, April 2012 near Gökçeada in the northeastern Aegean Sea in Turkey, seven species of cestoda (Bothriocephalus scorpii, Tetrarhynchobothrium tenuicolle, Acanthobothrium coronatum, Phyllobothrium gracilis, Echeneibothrium variabile, Echinobothrium typus, Scolex pleuronectis) were identified in a total of 57 fish samples of 13 fish species (Trachurus mediterraneus, Boops boops, Trachinus araneus, Scomber japonicus, Torpedo marmorata, Dasyatis sp., Phycis phycis, Conger conger, Squalus acanthias, Raja clavata, Raja miraletus, Scyliorhinus canicula, Monochirus hispidus) among a total of 887 fish samples of 50 fish species. T. tenuicolle, E. variabile are new records for the study area and Turkey.

Keywords: Cestoda, fish parasite, Gökçeada

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