Lophoura edwardsi, a rarely recorded deep-water parasitic copepod, is reported for the first time from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. We document its incidence of infection in hauls made between 2014 and 2020 on the Israeli upper slope, southeastern Mediterranean Sea. All 15 post-metamorphic females parasitized the deep-water macrourid Coelorinchus caelorhincus. Molecular analysis of 5 specimens revealed four 18S rRNA and four COI haplotypes. Comparisons of 18S rRNA to the Siphonostomatoida sequences available in NCBI confirm L. edwardsi is closely related to the cofamilial Tripaphylus elongatus. The recent emergence of a small but stable population may augur changes in the Levantine slope ecosystem.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Zoology in the Middle East|
|State||Published - 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study is part of the funded by the Ministry of Energy project no. 218-17-009, by the Israeli National Monitoring program in the Mediterranean Sea. This work was supported by the Ministry of Energy under Grant 218-17-009 to the National Israeli Marine Barcoding project (BIM) at IOLR; and by DG-ENV project IDEM: Implementation of the MSFD to the Deep Mediterranean Sea, contract EU No 11.0661 /2017/750680/SUB/EN V.C2, to Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University. The authors thank Gianna Innocenti, Museo di Storia Naturale, Universit? di Firenze, Mai Reitmeyer, Research Services Librarian, American Museum of Natural history, New York, for providing copies of rare Italian publications, and Nitzan Yitzhak, IOLR, for photographing the doubly parasitized fish.
© 2021 Taylor & Francis.
- deep sea mesoparasite
- molecular marker
- New record
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Animal Science and Zoology