Six New Host Records and an Updated List of Wild Hosts for Neobenedenia melleni (MacCallum) (Monogenea: Capsalidae)
Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Six new host records and an updated list of wild hosts for Neobenedenia mellini (MacCallum) (Monogenea: Capsalidae) are provided. We report specimens of N. melleni from the skin of a whitefin shark-sucker (Echeneis neucratoides Zuieuw [Echeneidae]) caught off Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; from the skin of a mosquitofish (Gambusia xanthosoma Greenfield [Poeciliidae]) caught in Little Salt Creek, Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies; from a freshwater immersion bath of red grouper (Epinephelus morio (Valenciennes) [Serranidae]) caught in the Gulf of Mexico off Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A.: from the skin of a garden eel (Heteroconger hassi (Klausewitz and Eibl-Eibesfeldt) [Congridae]) in the Toledo Zoo, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.; from the skin of a raccoon butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula (Cuvier) [Chaetodontidae]) in the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.A.; and from the gill cavity of a red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus (Poey) [Lutjanidael]) in holding facilities at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, U.S.A. Neobenedenia melleni had not been reported previously from a suspected wild host in the Gulf of Mexico (i.e., E, mono) or from a member of Echeneidae, Atheriniformes, or Anguilliformes. Published host records indicate that N. melleni exhibits a relatively low degree of host specificity among captive and wild hosts: in nature, N. melleni infests predominantly shallow-water or reef teleosts.
Bullard, S. A.,
Benz, G. W.,
Overstreet, R. M.,
Williams, E. H.,
(2000). Six New Host Records and an Updated List of Wild Hosts for Neobenedenia melleni (MacCallum) (Monogenea: Capsalidae). Comparative Parasitology, 67(2), 190-196.
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