Alas, A. & A. Íktener. (2017). Caligus vexator Heller, 1865 including Female and Male Descriptions from the Aegean Sea in Turkey. Scientia Parasitologica. 18(1-2):6-23.
Alas, A. & A. Öktener
Caligus vexator Heller, 1865 including Female and Male Descriptions from the Aegean Sea in Turkey.
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Copepods of the family Caligidae are commonly known as sea lice among the fish culturists. The aim of this study was to determine the parasitic copepods of marine fish from Turkey. The common dentex, Dentex dentex (Linnaeus, 1758) (Teleostei, Sparidae) were examined for the ectoparasites in 2008. The collected parasitic copepod was studied using photographing and drawing. Caligus vexator Heller, 1865 (Copepoda, Siphonostomatoida, Caligidae) was reported for the first time from Turkish marine waters. Also, some morphological characters of this parasitic copepod including female and male are given using photographs and drawings. All parasites were firmly attached to the gill filaments of the host. The prevalence of parasite were 50% for cultured and wild dentex. The common dentex is an alternative species for farming of fish. Protection from parasitic illness of this species is important during cultivation for commercial fishing. We must know parasites of common dentex, to provide treatment against possible the parasitic illness. Scientific knowledge about the parasitic fauna of this species will be able to contribute to possible parasitic illness.