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Parasites of the deep-sea smelt Bathylagus euryops (Argentiniformes: Microstomatidae) from the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone (CGFZ)
Wilhelm Busch, M.; Klimpel, S.; Sutton, T.; Piatkowski, U. (2008). Parasites of the deep-sea smelt Bathylagus euryops (Argentiniformes: Microstomatidae) from the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone (CGFZ). Mar. Biol. Res. 4(4): 313-317. dx.doi.org/10.1080/17451000801907963
In: Marine Biology Research. Taylor & Francis: Oslo; Basingstoke. ISSN 1745-1000, more
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Keywords
    Deep sea; Fish; Fracture zones; Parasites; Argentiniformes; Bathylagus euryops Goode & Bean, 1896 [WoRMS]; Microstomatidae Bleeker, 1859 [WoRMS]; ANE, Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Wilhelm Busch, M.
  • Klimpel, S.
  • Sutton, T.
  • Piatkowski, U., more

Abstract
    The deep-sea smelt Bathylagus euryops, caught in July 2004 at the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone (CGFZ) of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (North Atlantic), was studied for metazoan parasites and diet composition. A total of 86 specimens with standard lengths between 6.4 and 22.1 cm (mean 13.6 cm) were examined. The parasite fauna consisted of five species: three Digenea, one Cestoda and one Nematoda. The predominant parasites were Lecithaster sp. (Digenea) and an unidentified bothriocephalidean cestode. The only nematode, Anisakis sp., occurred with a low prevalence. Bathylagus euryops at CGFZ serves as final host for the three digeneans, and as intermediate host for the cestodes and Anisakis sp. Stomach content analysis revealed a mesozooplankton crustacean diet, while 95.3% of the stomachs contained unidentified tissue.

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