Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 968–970 | Cite as

Two Nerocila species parasitizing Pomadasys maculatus from Nagapattinam, Southeast coast of India

  • Ganapathy RameshkumarEmail author
  • Mathan Ramesh
  • Samuthirapandian Ravichandran
  • Jean-Paul Trilles
Original Article


Two species of Cymothoidae (Nerocila loveni and Nerocila sundaica) were collected on the host fish Pomadasys maculatus from the Nagapattinam coast. Pomadasys maculatus is a new host for these parasitic isopods not previously recorded in the world. Nerocila loveni was mainly attached on the caudal peduncle of the fish and N. sundaica was collected from the pectoral fin and the body of the host. For N. loveni and N. sundaica, the prevalence reached 28.70 and 26.08 % respectively. One parasite was collected per host fish.


Cymothoidae Parasitic isopods Nerocila loveni N. sundaica New host record Pomadasys maculatus 



Authors (G.Rameshkumar) are thankful to UGC, New Delhi for the grant of Dr. D.S. Kothari Post-Doctoral Fellowship No. F.4-2/2006 (BSR)/13-1011/2013(BSR) and Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi and also The Head, Department of Zoology, Bharathiar University for providing facilities and encouragement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ganapathy Rameshkumar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mathan Ramesh
    • 1
  • Samuthirapandian Ravichandran
    • 2
  • Jean-Paul Trilles
    • 3
  1. 1.Unit of Toxicology, Department of Zoology, School of Life SciencesBharathiar UniversityCoimbatoreIndia
  2. 2.Faculty of Marine Science, Centre of Advanced Study in Marine BiologyAnnamalai UniversityParangipettaiIndia
  3. 3.Université Montpellier 2Montpellier Cedex 05France

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