Parasite acquisition by larval coral-reef fishes

Authors

  • K. Peyrusse,

    1. CRIOBE, USR 3278 - CNRS/EPHE, Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement, BP1013 Papetoai, 98729 Moorea, French Polynesia
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  • P. Sasal,

    1. CRIOBE, USR 3278 - CNRS/EPHE, Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement, BP1013 Papetoai, 98729 Moorea, French Polynesia
    2. Laboratoire d’Excellence “CORAIL”, 98729 Moorea, French Polynesia
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  • D. Lecchini

    Corresponding author
    1. CRIOBE, USR 3278 - CNRS/EPHE, Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement, BP1013 Papetoai, 98729 Moorea, French Polynesia
    2. Laboratoire d’Excellence “CORAIL”, 98729 Moorea, French Polynesia
      Tel.: +689 561345; email: lecchini@univ-perp.fr
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Abstract

Of 164 fish larvae belonging to 11 species sampled from the island of Moorea, French Polynesia, 30% had at least one parasite individual and parasite prevalence ranged between 0 for Chaetodon citrinellus and 80% for Parupeneus barberinus. Parasites were present only in larvae that had fed and were present in the gut but absent from gills, body cavity and muscle. Parasites appeared to be acquired by ingestion of intermediate hosts when the larvae fed on the outer slope, prior to reef colonization.

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