A New Host and Reproduction at a Small Size for the “Snapper-Choking Isopod” Cymothoa Excisa (Isopoda: Cymothoidae)

  title={A New Host and Reproduction at a Small Size for the “Snapper-Choking Isopod” Cymothoa Excisa (Isopoda: Cymothoidae)},
  author={Lauren Joca and Vincent L. Leray and K. S. Zigler and R. Brusca},
  journal={Journal of Crustacean Biology},
  • Lauren Joca, Vincent L. Leray, +1 author R. Brusca
  • Published 2015
  • Biology
  • Journal of Crustacean Biology
  • Cymothoa excisa Perty, 1833 (Isopoda: Cymothoidae), the “snapper-choking isopod,” is a fish parasite previously known from fifteen host species; it ranges along the Atlantic coast from Brazil to Massachusetts. However, no host information has previously been published for the species north of the Gulf of Mexico. We encountered this isopod in 3.0% (12/399) of weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) collected at St. Catherines Island, Georgia. This is the first report of weakfish as a host for C. excisa. We… CONTINUE READING
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