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A Host-Parasite Catalogue of Copepod Fauna of India


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This host-paraste catalogue deals with 457 nominal species of parasitic copepods occurring in 297 named host species, and of these maximum representation of 270 species are from fish hosts, while among 39 unnamed host species, 18 from fishes and 21 from invertebrate hosts. Of the 297 host species, 2 host species are from Porifera, 12 from Cnidaria, 7 from Mollusca, 3 from Crustacea, 3 from Echinodermata, 1 from Urochordata and 270 from Pisces. The parasitic copepod species belong to the 32 copepod families under 3 orders, viz., Cyclopoida, Poecilostomatoida and Siphonostomatoida. The host fish order Perciformes (134 species) contains the highest number of copepod parasites (206 species). Host-parasite level assessment has been briefly discussed. The scrombrid fish Rastrelliger kanagurta harbours the highest copepod parsites (9 species).

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Catalogue, Host-Parasite, Copepods, Invertebrate and Vertebrate Hosts, India.
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M. K. Dev Roy
Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India

Abstract


This host-paraste catalogue deals with 457 nominal species of parasitic copepods occurring in 297 named host species, and of these maximum representation of 270 species are from fish hosts, while among 39 unnamed host species, 18 from fishes and 21 from invertebrate hosts. Of the 297 host species, 2 host species are from Porifera, 12 from Cnidaria, 7 from Mollusca, 3 from Crustacea, 3 from Echinodermata, 1 from Urochordata and 270 from Pisces. The parasitic copepod species belong to the 32 copepod families under 3 orders, viz., Cyclopoida, Poecilostomatoida and Siphonostomatoida. The host fish order Perciformes (134 species) contains the highest number of copepod parasites (206 species). Host-parasite level assessment has been briefly discussed. The scrombrid fish Rastrelliger kanagurta harbours the highest copepod parsites (9 species).

Keywords


Catalogue, Host-Parasite, Copepods, Invertebrate and Vertebrate Hosts, India.

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