Journal article
New Record of Parasitic Praniza Larva of Gnathia pantherina; Smit and Basson, 2002; from Arabian Gulf Greasy Grouper Epinephelus tauvina Caught from Saudi Coastal Water of Dammam

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Author list: Elsayed M. Bayoumy, Hanadi B. Baghdadi, Mohey E.A. Hassanein
Publication year: 2013
Journal: Global Veterinaria
Journal name in source: Global Veterinaria
Volume number: 11
Issue number: 4
Start page: 414
End page: 419
Number of pages: 6
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Scopus ID: 84886057377

Abstract: Praniza Larvae of Gnathia pantherina were collected fromgills, pectoral fins and mouth cavity especially tongue and palate of Epinephelus tauvina. The total incidence (58.33%) 35 out of 60 examined fish. The effects of feeding on fishes in the infested E. tauvina are reported and the role of gnathiids as vectors is assessed. Ecological interactions between gnathiid larvae, client and cleaner fishes are summarized. Identification of parasitic praniza larvae of G. pantherina were done through light and scan electron microcopies and it characterized by large size (5.6±0.1mm, n=10). Compounds eyes large, each one is consist of  number  ocelli  that  penta-shaped.  Maxilliped  consists  of  five-articles,  proximal  article  the largest and the distal four ones with plumose setae. Palp 4 times as long  as  wide,  with  three  articles  and  article  3  with 6-8  simple  setae. Other morphological features were compared with the  most  related  described  species  of the  same  genius. The present work recorded gills, pectoral fins and mouth cavity record as new predilection site of these gnathiid larvae. E. tauvina and Arabian Gulf, especially off Dammam are new host and new geographical distribution of G. pantherina.

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