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Free Content Habitat Effects on the Occurrence of Parasites Inhabiting the Sergeant Major, Abudefduf Saxatilis (Linnealus), with a List of Parasites of Caribbean Damselfishes

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In June 1976 the parasitic faunas of sergeant majors, Abudefduf saxatilis, from a coral reef habitat near Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico and from an estuarine habitat in the adjacent caleta at Yalku were compared. The frequencies of occurrence of the nematode Spirocamallanus, the hemiurid trematode Genolinea the haplosplanchnid trematode Schikhobalotrema, and the copepod Holobomolochus nothrus, were dependent on collection locality. The residency of the damselfish in habitats with radically different salinity regimes, as well as the associated biotic communities within these habitats, are suspected causes of the observed differences.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1980

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