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Infection dynamics of Lernaeocera lusci on sand goby Pomatoschistus minutus in the Oosterschelde (The Netherlands)
Van Damme, P.A.; Ollevier, F. (1994). Infection dynamics of Lernaeocera lusci on sand goby Pomatoschistus minutus in the Oosterschelde (The Netherlands). Dis. Aquat. Org. 19(2): 83-87. dx.doi.org/10.3354/dao019083
In: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. Inter Research: Oldendorf/Luhe. ISSN 0177-5103, more
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Keywords
    Parasites; Lernaeocera lusci (Bassett-Smith, 1896) [WoRMS]; Pomatoschistus minutus (Pallas, 1770) [WoRMS]; ANE, Netherlands, Oosterschelde [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Ollevier, F., more

Abstract
    Male and female sand gobies Pomatoschistus minutus (Pallas) from the Oosterschelde (The Netherlands) were examined for the crustacean mesoparasite Lemaeocera lusci (Bassett-Smith) from April to July 1992. Prevalence increased steeply from 4% in April to 80% (females) and 57% (males) in June, The peak abundance of recently attached infective stages (pennella larvae) on sand gobies was found in May, By June, about 70% of parasites were in the post-metamorphosis stage and possessed egg strings. Significant differences in abundance between males and females were found in June but not in May, This may be due to sex-specific differences in behaviour during spawning time. The majority of post-spawning fish probably died in July. Fish of the new year class which were captured in July harboured no parasites.

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