Four of the 27 Pacific sleeper sharks (Somniosus pacificus Bigelow and Schroeder) captured in the western North Pacific Ocean off eastern Taiwan between 19 March and 18 May 2002 hosted the parasitic copepod Dinemoura ferox (Krøyer, 1838) on their body surface including the fins. This report documents a new host record as well as a new ocean record for D. ferox, which until now has only been reported from the benthopelagic sharks, Somniosus microcephalus (Bloch and Schneider) and Centrophorus squamosus (Bonnaterre), occurring in the north Atlantic Ocean off Greenland and Iceland.
New Records for Dinemoura ferox (Copepoda: Siphonostomatoida: Pandaridae) From Pacific Sleeper Sharks Captured in Waters off Eastern Taiwan
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Ju-shey Ho, Wen-Been Chang, Sichu Yang, John Y. Wang; New Records for Dinemoura ferox (Copepoda: Siphonostomatoida: Pandaridae) From Pacific Sleeper Sharks Captured in Waters off Eastern Taiwan. J Parasitol 1 October 2003; 89 (5): 1071–1073. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-3142RN
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