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A potential role for invasive sunbleak in the further dissemination of a non‐native parasite

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Since its first introduction to English waters in the mid 1980s, sunbleak Leucaspius delineatus has spread widely and it is shown in the present study that this non‐native cyprinid is a new host for Neoergasilus japonicus. This copepod parasite from South East Asia has a limited host range and distribution in the U.K. Rapid dispersal of sunbleak in the U.K. raises concerns for further dispersal of this introduced parasite.

Keywords: Ergasilus briani; Leucaspius delineatus; Neoergasilus japonicus; dispersal vector; parasites

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Winfrith Technology Centre, Winfrith Newburgh, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8ZD, U.K., 2: Centre for Environment Fisheries & Aquaculture Science, The Nothe, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8UB, U.K.

Publication date: December 1, 2005


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