Isopod infestation of postspawning Nassau grouper around Little Cayman Island

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Abstract:

Attacks by the isopod Excorallana tricornis tricornis on Nassau grouper Epinephelus striatus caught in Antillean fish traps around Little Cayman Island, Cayman Islands, are recorded. Divers reported heavily parasitized fish during the study period, suggesting that trapping did not exclusively precipitate parasitism. Parasitic infestations were reported to be common in Nassau grouper immediately following their spawning season in mid-winter.

Keywords: Antillean fish trap; Excorallana; acoustic tagging; reef fish; spawning aggregation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2006.01129.x

Affiliations: Cayman Islands Department of Environment, P. O. Box 486 GT, Grand Cayman, BWI

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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