New host and geographical record of Eudactylina pusilla Cressey, 1967 from Indian waters with DNA barcodes

  • Pradeep Hosahalli Divakar Fishery Survey of India, Mormugao Zonal Base, Mormugao 403803, Goa, India http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9890-1496
  • Venu Sasidharan Department of Oceanography & Marine Biology, Brookshabad Campus, Pondicherry University, PBNo.1, Chakkargaon P.O., Port Blair 744112, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
  • Ravi Ranjan Kumar Department of Oceanography & Marine Biology, Brookshabad Campus, Pondicherry University, PBNo.1, Chakkargaon P.O., Port Blair 744112, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
  • Sumitha Gopalakrishnan Department of Aquaculture and Fishery Microbiology, Research Centre Calicut University, MES Ponnani College, Ponnani, Malappuram, Kerala, India
  • Bineesh Kinattum Kara Zoological Survey of India, ANRC, 11, Horticulture Road, Haddo, Port Blair 744102, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India
  • Mahesh Kumar Farejiya Fishery Survey of India, Plot No. 2A, Unit No. 12, New Fishing Harbour, Sassoon Dock, Colaba, Mumbai 400005, India
Keywords: First record, Eudactylina pusilla, pelagic thresher shark, Siphonostomatoida, gill parasites

Abstract

The present paper reports the first record of the parasite Eudactylina pusilla Cressey, 1967 from the gills of the pelagic thresher shark, Alopias pelagicus Nakamura, 1935 collected during a multifilament longline operation at a depth of 762 m from Indian EEZ around Andaman Islands. The occurrence of this copepod gill parasite on A. pelagicus in the Indian waters constitutes new host record and extends the parasite’s known geographical distribution, thus contributing to the knowledge of biodiversity of the parasitic copepods in Indian waters. Molecular marker based taxonomical annotation using Mitochondrial 18S r DNA sequencing also confirmed the identity of the E. pusilla specimen.

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Published
2019-06-20
How to Cite
Divakar, P. H., Sasidharan, V., Kumar, R. R., Gopalakrishnan, S., Kara, B. K., & Farejiya, M. K. (2019). New host and geographical record of Eudactylina pusilla Cressey, 1967 from Indian waters with DNA barcodes. Journal of Fisheries, 7(2), 700-705. Retrieved from http://journal.bdfish.org/index.php/fisheries/article/view/JFish_347