Distribution of parasite fauna of chub mackerel in Aegean and Mediterranean Sea
Istanbul University, Faculty of Aquatic Products, Laleli 34470 Istanbul, TURKEY
This investigation was carried out near Gökçeada (Aegean Sea) and Antalya (Mediterranean) between May 2000-September 2000 , to search for the parasite fauna of Chub Mackerel (Scomber japonicus (Houttyn, 1780)). A total 232 Chub Mackerel were caught. 9 parasite species, 4 belonging to ectoparasites, 5 to endoparasites, were found near Gökçeada. 5 parasite species, 2 belonging to ectoparasites, 3 to endoparasites, were found near Antalya. The parasites found were Myxobolus sp. (Myxosporae), Octosoma scombri (Monogea), Ectenurus lepidus, Opechona ollsoni, Lepidopedon elongatum (Digenea), Anisakis simplex, Contracaecum aduncum (Nematoda), Lernaea sp. , Hatschekia sp. (Copepoda) near Gölçeada, Myxobolus sp., Octosoma scombri, Ectenurus lepidus, Lepidopedon elongatum, Anisakis simplex near Antalya.
Keywords: Chub mackerel, parasite, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean