Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK

Research Article

Parasitic copepods in the sea hare Dolabrifera brazieri (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia: Anaspidea)

Cathryn L.  Clarke a1c1 and Annette  Klussmann-Kolb a2
a1 School of Marine Biology and Aquaculture, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
a2 Zoologisches Institut der J.W. Goethe Universität, Siesmayerstrasse 70, 60054 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Article author query
clarke cl   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
klussmann-kolb a   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 


The parasitic copepod, Alimeda orientalis, is recorded from the gill of the sea hare, Dolabrifera brazieri (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia: Anaspidea). Ten specimens of D. brazieri from a population on the coast of New South Wales, Australia were examined for the incidence of parasitism. Histological techniques and scanning electron microscopy were utilized to determine the feeding mode of A. orientalis and its effect on the host. Alimeda orientalis is a tissue feeder on the gill tissue, and damage caused by feeding and attachment is minimal.

(Received October 10 2002)
(Accepted June 16 2003)

c1 e-mail: