oa African Zoology - Observations on the attachment of a piscine gill parasitic ergasiIid (Crustacea : Copepoda)

Volume 22, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The attachment of the piscine gill parasite, Ergasilus mirabilis Oldewage & van As, 1987 is descriptionbed by means of scanning electron microscopy and light microscopy. A variety of sensory structures occur on and around the host contact surface of the parasite and proliferation of gill tissue occurs at the site of attachment. It would appear that this proliferation of host tissue results from the feeding behaviour of the parasite rather than the actual attachment thereof.

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