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Free Content Parasites of the Striped Mullet, Mugil Cephalus, from Biscayne Bay, Florida, with Descriptions of a New Genus and Three New Species of Trematodes

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In this study of the parasites of Mugil cephalus of Biscayne Bay in 1972 and 1973, 35 species of ectoparasites and parasites of the digestive tract from 5 phyla were recorded. Micropolyclithrum parvum, new genus and species, (Monogenea: Gyrodactylidae), Schikhobalotrema magnum, new species, (Digenea: Haplosplanchnidae), and Epithelionematobothrium fragile, new species, (Digenea: Didymozoidae) were described. Larval forms found were: Strigeoid metacercariae (Digenea), metacercariae of Ascocotyle (Phagicola) longa (Digenea), plerocercoids of Tetraphyllidea (Cestoda), and two encysted species of Thynnascaris (Nematoda). Hyperparasitism by Udonella caligorum was recorded. Nine geographic and three host records were established. The parasite fauna of hosts of different size groups was compared, and related to M. cephalus' mode of life. Comparison with parasites of striped mullet reported from other geographic localities showed that more species found on M. cephalus of Biscayne Bay occurred in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico than any other region.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 1975

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