Short Communication

First account of the metazoan parasite fauna of oilfish Ruvettus pretiosus Cocco, 1829 (Perciformes: Gempylidae) in South African waters

Published in: African Zoology
Volume 52, issue 4, 2017 , pages: 237–241
DOI: 10.1080/15627020.2017.1411831
Author(s): Irfan NunkooDepartment of Biological Sciences, South Africa, Mark J WestonDepartment of Biological Sciences, South Africa, Cecile C ReedDepartment of Biological Sciences, South Africa, Carl D van der LingenMarine Research Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, South Africa, Sven KerwathDepartment of Biological Sciences, South Africa


Parasites are an important but neglected component of ecosystems that can be used as indicators of host biology and ecology. In the present study, the metazoan parasite assemblage of Ruvettus pretiosus, an understudied but widely distributed predatory gempylid, caught off South Africa was surveyed. A total of seven parasite taxa, including four new infection records (Bolbosoma capitatum, Rhadinorhynchus sp., Hepatoxylon trichiuri and Anisakis sp.), two new locality records (B. capitatum and Rhipidocotyle sp.) as well as the ectoparasitic copepod Sagum foliaceus and the cestode Tentacularia coryphaenae were recovered from the eight specimens examined.

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