Between February 1996 and January 2000, parasitological examination of Scomber scombrus (n= 447), Trachurus trachurus (n= 175), Sardina pilchardus (n= 160) and Engraulis encrasicolus (n= 153) from the fishing-ground of Tarragona (NE Spain) were made for anisakids. Three anisakid species (Anisakis larva type I sensu Berland, 1961, Contracaecum sp. and Hysterothylacium aduncum) were morphologically identified. The prevalence of Anisakis larva type I sensu Berland (1961) ranged from 11.0% (S. scombrus) and 2.6% (T. trachurus) to 0.0% (S. pilchardus and E. encrasicolus). The prevalence of H. aduncum in S. scombrus was 1.1%. The prevalence of Contracaecum sp. was 2.0% in S. scombrus, and 0.7% in T. trachurus respectively. There was a positive and significant correlation between the host length and the number of Anisakis larva type I sensu Berland, 1961 found in S. scombrus. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
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