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Larval anisakids parasitizing the blue whiting, Micromesistius poutassou, from Motril Bay in the Mediterranean region of southern Spain

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2007

A. Valero*
Affiliation:
Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Granada, E-18071, Granada, Spain
J. Martín-Sánchez
Affiliation:
Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Granada, E-18071, Granada, Spain
E. Reyes-Muelas
Affiliation:
Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Granada, E-18071, Granada, Spain
F.J. Adroher
Affiliation:
Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Granada, E-18071, Granada, Spain
*Corresponding
*Fax: +34 958 243862 E-mail: fparasi@ucartuja.ugr.es

Abstract

A total of 301 blue whiting, Micromesistius poutassou Risso, 1826, ranging in length from 17 to 28 cm, from Motril Bay (Mediterranean coast, south Spain) were examined for anisakid nematodes, as these fish are common items in the Spanish Mediterranean diet. Three anisakid species were morphologically identified with a total prevalence of 10.63%. Anisakis simplex s.l. Rudolphi, 1809 had a prevalence value of 6.65%, compared with 2.66% for A. physeteris Baylis, 1923 and 2.33% for Hysterothylacium aduncum Rudolphi, 1802. Variations in prevalence values with season and host size are discussed. Allozyme markers (leucine aminopeptidase-1) were used to identify anisakid nematodes assigned to the A. simplex complex and all examined larvae were found to correspond genetically to A. pegreffii Nascetti et al., 1986.

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Cambridge University Press 2000

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