The occurrence and redescription of cymothoids (Wagele, 1989) parasites in commercially available fishes from markets of Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Gazala F Sheikh, Pooja Bamnelkar, Pradeep C Mankodi
Parasitic crustaceans infesting fishes excite the interest of researchers all over the world as they have the potential to harm the health of food fishes. Cymothoids are ectoparasitic isopods that parasitize teleost fish in different ways, including freshwater, brackish water, and marine seas. They are found mainly inhabiting the branchial, oral cavities and on body surface of host fishes. Their exoskeletons are stiff, segmented, and they feature two pairs of antennae, seven pairs of jointed limbs on the thorax, and five pairs of branching appendages on the abdomen for respiration. The protandrically hermaphroditic cymothoid Mothocya renardi (Bleeker, 1857) parasitizing the banded needlefish Strongylura leiura (Bleeker, 1850), whereas the species Norileca indica (H. Milne Edwards, 1840) parasitizing Rastrelliger kanagurta (Cuvier, 1816) and Selar crumenophthalmus (Bloch, 1793), from the Western coast, India, has been reported. There has been no report of parasitic isopods being found in fish sold in Vadodara's markets. Hence, the aim of this study was to redescribe the two isopod species, Mothocya renardi and Norileca indica, based on their morphology and meristic characteristics.
Gazala F Sheikh, Pooja Bamnelkar, Pradeep C Mankodi. The occurrence and redescription of cymothoids (Wagele, 1989) parasites in commercially available fishes from markets of Vadodara, Gujarat, India. International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 7, Issue 1, 2022, Pages 49-54