Pathology associated with Tripaphylus Richiardi, 1878 infection (Copepoda: Sphyriidae) in wild-caught Australian blackspot sharks, Carcharhinus coatesi (Whitley, 1939), off northern Australia

Diane P. Barton, Amy Kirke, Grant Johnson, Geoff Boxshall

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Abstract

Female specimens of the newly described mesoparasitic copepod Tripaphylus squidwardi (Sphyriidae), collected from the Australian blackspot shark, Carcharhinus coatesi, off northern Australia were examined histologically. The ‘encapsulated’ head of the copepod was found in the ventral musculature of the throat of the shark. The head of the copepod was surrounded by a tissue capsule of unknown origin. There were signs of chronic inflammation associated with the infection, although there appeared to be no effect on the health of the shark.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3337-3340
Number of pages4
JournalParasitology Research
Volume121
Issue number11
Early online date12 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

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