Marine Biodiversity Records

Research Article

Parasitic copepods from some northern Indian Ocean elasmobranchs

Aaron C. Hendersona1 c1 p1, Alan J. Reevea1 and Danny Tanga2

a1 Department of Marine Science & Fisheries, College of Agricultural & Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

a2 Laboratory of Aquaculture, Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University, Japan

Abstract

Twelve parasitic copepod species representing two families were opportunistically recorded from the skin of 13 elasmobranch species captured in the coastal waters of Oman. New host records include Alebion carchariae, Pandarus smithii and Pandarus cranchii on Carcharhinus amboinensis; Echthrogaleus denticulatus on Alopias superciliosus and Sphyrna lewini; Pandarus carcharhini on Carcharhinus altimus; Pseudopandarus longus on Carcharhinus sorrah; Caligus dasyaticus on Glaucostegas halavi. Previous records of Pseudopandarus australis are limited to the Pacific Ocean, and its occurrence in the northern Indian Ocean represents a large range extension.

(Received December 30 2012)

(Accepted February 14 2013)

Keywords

  • shark;
  • ray;
  • guitarfish;
  • parasite;
  • Oman

Correspondence

c1 Correspondence should be addressed to: A.C. Henderson, The School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies email: ahenderson@fieldstudies.org

p1 Current address: The School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies