Copepods associated with reef corals: a comparison between the Atlantic and the Pacific

Abstract

Endoparasitic copepods are very numerous in Indo-West Pacific corals. In West Indian corals they were thought to be absent, but recent studies have shown that a varied endoparasitic copepod fauna exists as well. Striking is the taxonomic composition of the coral-inhabiting copepods: In the Indo-West Pacific Lichomolgidae and Xarifiidae are the dominant families, both are absent in the West Indies. On the other hand, Corallovexiidae and Asterocheridae dominate in the West Indies; the former family is absent and the latter is apparently rare and not very diversified in the Indo-West Pacific.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00026350

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@article{Stock2004CopepodsAW, title={Copepods associated with reef corals: a comparison between the Atlantic and the Pacific}, author={Jan H. Stock}, journal={Hydrobiologia}, year={2004}, volume={167}, pages={545-547} }