Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria 5(1): 31-40, doi: 10.3750/AIP1975.05.1.03
Copepods - parasites of the genus Merluccius from the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea
expand article infoJ. Grabda, I.A.F.M. Soliman
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3 species of parasitic copepods were found on Atlantic hakes caught off the western coasts of Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean Sea (off Alexandria), and North America. The species are: Chondracanthus merluccii, Brachiella merluccii and Parabrachiella australis. The parasites importance as indicators of the affinities between hakes is discussed. Various hypotheses concerning the origin of the genus Merluccius are presented.