Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 187–190 | Cite as

Larval cestodes infecting the deep-water fish, Cataetyx laticeps (Pisces: Bythitidae) from Madeira Archipelago, Atlantic Ocean

  • Graça CostaEmail author
  • Mahnaz Khadem
  • Thomas Dellinger
  • Manuel Biscoito
  • Egberto Melo-Moreira
Research Note


Parasites of deep-water fishes are less known in comparison to the parasites of fishes living in the demersal and epipelagic ocean zones. In the present research note we report the occurrence of larval trypanorhynch cestodes in a rare deep-water fish, the deep-water brotula, Cataetyx laticeps. Based on the 28S rDNA (region D1-D3) sequence homology and the phylogenetic analysis, the larval cestodes are putatively assigned to the genus Grillotia. It is suggested that the definitive host of this trypanorhynch is a batoid.

Key words

Trypanorhyncha Grillotia deep-water fish Cataetyx laticeps 


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© Witold Stefański Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Graça Costa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mahnaz Khadem
    • 2
  • Thomas Dellinger
    • 1
  • Manuel Biscoito
    • 1
  • Egberto Melo-Moreira
    • 1
  1. 1.Estação de Biologia Marinha do FunchalPromenade Orla Marítima do FunchalFunchalPortugal
  2. 2.ISOPlexisUniversidade da MadeiraFunchalPortugal

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