Rev. biol. mar. oceanogr. 47(3): 565-571

Nota Científica


Comunidades de parásitos eumetazoos de peces labrisómidos de Chile central

Gabriela Muñoz1 & Raúl Castro2

1Facultad de Ciencias del Mar y de Recursos Naturales, Universidad de Valparaíso, Casilla 5080, Reñaca, Viña del Mar, Chile

2Facultad de Recursos del Mar, Universidad de Antofagasta, Casilla 170, Antofagasta, Chile

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This study compares the parasite communities of 4 phylogenetically related fish species that belong to the family Labrisomidae; Auchenionchus microcirrhis, A. variolosus, A. crinitus and Calliclinus geniguttatus. These fish are sympatric in the intertidal zone of central Chile (33°S), from where 182 specimens were collected. Twenty-one parasite taxa were found within the 4 sampled fish species. Three parasite species were the most common in the labrisomid fish: an undetermined leech (Piscicolidae), the copepod Holobomolochus chilensis, and the digenean Helicometrina nimia. Most of the parasites were host generalists. C. geniguttatus had a low similarity of parasite composition respect to Auchenionchus spp. The variation in parasite communities among labrisomid species were related to fish length and possibly to environmental variables.

Key words:  Parasite infracommunities, Labrisomidae, congeneric fish species