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1 April 2007 New Records of the Marine Turtle Epibiont Balaenophilus umigamecolus (Copepoda: Harpacticoida: Balaenophilidae): New Host Records and Possible Implications for Marine Turtle Health
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Balaenophilus umigamecolus are reported for the first time in the eastern Pacific, from the Jalisco coast of western Mexico. Two new hosts are represented: the olive ridley turtle, Lepidochelys olivacea, and the black turtle, Chelonia mydas agassizi. Data indicate a distinct correlation between the presence of B. umigamecolus copepods and Stomatolepas praegustator, barnacles that grow imbedded in turtle skin. This relationship may have implications for marine turtle health.
Eric A. Lazo-Wasem, Theodora Pinou, Alejandro Peña De Niz, Melissa A. Salgado and Emily Schenker "New Records of the Marine Turtle Epibiont Balaenophilus umigamecolus (Copepoda: Harpacticoida: Balaenophilidae): New Host Records and Possible Implications for Marine Turtle Health," Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 48(1), (1 April 2007). https://doi.org/10.3374/0079-032X(2007)48[153:NROTMT]2.0.CO;2
Received: 30 September 2006; Accepted: 1 January 2007; Published: 1 April 2007
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