Here’s another ectoparasite of the European flounder, Platichthys flesus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Teleostei: Pleuronectidae). This time, it is Holobomolochus confusus (Stock, 1959) (Copepoda: Bomolochidae). The photo shows an adult female with 2 egg sacs. This specimen was isolated from the fish’s nasal cavity, which is the typical infection site. In comparison with other ectoparasitic copepods of the European flounder, i.e., Acanthochondria cornuta and Lepeophtheirus pectoralis, it is remarkably smaller, occurring less frequently and in lower numbers. This parasite is commonly found infecting the cod, Gadus morhua (Linnaeus, 1758) (Teleostei: Gadidae), and has also been reported from other species of fish.
For details, see the papers below:
1. Cavaleiro, F. I. & Santos, M. J. (2007) Survey of the metazoan ectoparasites of the European flounder Platichthys flesus (Linnaeus, 1758) along the north-central Portuguese coast. Journal of Parasitology 93, 1218-1222.
2. Cavaleiro, F. I. & Santos, M. J. (2009) Seasonality of metazoan ectoparasites in marine European flounder Platichthys flesus (Teleostei: Pleuronectidae). Parasitology 136, 855-865.
Contributed by Francisca I. Cavaleiro & Maria J. Santos, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Ciências, Departamento de Biologia, Rua do Campo Alegre, s/n, FC4, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal.