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1 April 2002 First Report of an Endoparasitic Epicaridean Isopod Infecting Cephalopods
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This is the first report of an epicaridean isopod infecting cephalopods. Three cryptoniscus larvae (Isopoda, Epicaridea) were recognized externally and found entirely embedded in the oral bulb at the beginning of the esophagus of two female Patagonian squid (Loligo gahi) sampled in North Peruvian and South Chilean waters, respectively. There was an extremely low prevalence (<2%) and mean intensity (one) of infection which we believe indicated an accidental infection. However, the tissue location indicated successful penetration and colonization of the squid host.

Pascual, Vega, José Rocha, and Guerra: First Report of an Endoparasitic Epicaridean Isopod Infecting Cephalopods
Santiago Pascual, Marco Antonio Vega, Francisco José Rocha, and Angel Guerra "First Report of an Endoparasitic Epicaridean Isopod Infecting Cephalopods," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 38(2), (1 April 2002). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-38.2.473
Received: 12 February 2001; Published: 1 April 2002
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