This study examines the parasite fauna of Bathypterois mediterraneus, the most common fish below 1500. m in Western Mediterranean waters. Samples were obtained during July 2010 from the continental slope of two different areas (off Catalonia and Balearic Islands) in three different bathymetric strata at depths between 1000 and 2200. m. The parasite fauna of B. mediterraneus included a narrow range of species: Steringophorus cf. dorsolineatum, Scolex pleuronectis, Hysterothylacium aduncum, Anisakis sp. larva 3 type II and Sarcotretes sp. Steringophorus cf. dorsolineatum and H. aduncum were the most predominant parasites. H. aduncum showed significant differences in abundance between depths of 2000-2200. m with 1000-1400. m and 1400-2000. m, irrespective of locality, whereas S. cf. dorsolineatum showed significant differences between the two localities at all depths except for 2000-2200. m. We suggest the possible usefulness of these two parasites as geographical indicators for discriminating discrete stocks of B. mediterraneus in Western Mediterranean waters. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
|Journal||Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2014|
- Bathypterois mediterraneus
- Deep-sea fish
- Geographical indicators
- NW Mediterranean