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Occurrence of leeches (Hirudinea, Piscicolidae) on some marine fishes in Norway
Karlsbakk, E. (2005). Occurrence of leeches (Hirudinea, Piscicolidae) on some marine fishes in Norway. Mar. Biol. Res. 1(2): 140-148
In: Marine Biology Research. Taylor & Francis: Oslo; Basingstoke. ISSN 1745-1000
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Keywords
    Marine fish; Parasites; Hirudinea [WoRMS]; Piscicolidae (Johnston, 1865. Revised) [WoRMS]; ANE, Norway [Marine Regions]; Marine

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Abstract
    Marine fish from several locations along the west coast of Norway were examined for leeches. Seven leech species were detected, Calliobdella nodulifera (Malm, 1863) from codfish, flatfish and a ray, Calliobdella lophii van Beneden & Hesse, 1863 from Lophius piscatorius L., Platybdella anarrhichae (Diesing, 1859) on Anarhichas lupus L., Platybdella quadrioculata Malm, 1863 on Symphodus melops (L.), Oceanobdella sp. on Zeugopterus punctatus (Bloch), Malmiana brunnea (Johansson, 1896) on Myoxocephalus scorpius (L.) and Malmiana bubali Srivastava, 1966 on Taurulus bubalis (Euphrasen). Calliobdella nodulifera infected unrelated hosts (euryxenic); the others appeared to be host specialists (oio- or stenoxenic). Details on the occurrence of Calliobdella nodulifera on Enchelyopus cimbrius (L.) during 1 year are given, which together with other observations suggest that its life cycle exceeds a year. A brief account on the morphology of “Platybdella” quadrioculata is provided, justifying its transfer to the genus Oceanobdella Caballero, 1956 as O. quadrioculata comb. nov. With the new additions, the Norwegian marine piscicolid fauna contain 12 species. At least ten additional species, known from adjoining areas, also probably occur along the Norwegian coast.

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