Occurrence of Chondracanthus merluccii (Holten, 1802) and Chondracanthus angustatus Heller, 1865 (Copepoda: Chondracanthidae) in Turkish Marine Waters

  • Ahmet ÖktenerEmail author
  • Murat Şirin


The Sea of Marmara being an unique inland sea displays the transitional environment between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. There is limited studies on the parasitic copepods of fish in the Sea of Marmara. Chondracanthus merluccii (Holten, 1802) and Chondracanthus angustatus Heller, 1865 (Copepoda: Chondracanthidae) are reported for the first time in Turkey. C. merluccii were found on the upper and under surface of the mouth, upperside of the tongue, through teeth of the European hake, Merluccius merluccius (L.), while C. angustatus on the gill rakers of the stargazer, Uranoscopus scaber L. captured from the Sea of Marmara. Morphological characters of Chondracanthus merluccii and Chondracanthus angustatus were presented with photos. This study contributes new geographical distribution for these parasites.


Chondracanthus Merluccius merluccius European hake Uranoscopus scaber Stargazer Turkey 



The recovered parasites were obtained during a project (TAGEM/HAYSUD/2014/05/01) conducted by the Sheep Research Institute of Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Türkiye. The authors gratefully acknowledge Veterinarian Cemal Dayanıklı from the Sheep Research Institute, Turkey for providing microscope facilitiy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Deparment of FisheriesSheep Research InstituteBandırma, BalıkesirTurkey

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