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Cymothoids (Crustacea, Isopoda), obtained from the stomach contents of a finless porpoise Neophocaena phocaenoides (Cetacea: Phocoenidae) in Japan
creator
Yamauchi, Takeo
Kushimoto, Teppei
Hasegawa, Syuhei
Oike, Tatsuya
subject
whale
Mothocya
Cymothoidae
Mikawa Bay
NDC
Zoology
abstract
Three ovigerous females and a male of the ectoparasitic isopod Mothocya sp. were found in the stomach contents of a female finless porpoise Neophocaena phocaenoides entangled in a drift net at Mikawa Bay (34°72'N; 137°06'E), Japan. The present finding represents the first record of the genus Mothocya from N. phocaenoides (not as host). The parasites seemed to infect the branchial cavities of host fishes. Moreover, the fishes would be eaten by the finless porpoise. When isopods were found in the stomach contents of the piscivorous whales, we need to distinguish between parasitic and free-living isopods in order to get accurate results of their food habits.
journal title
Human and nature
issue
Issue 19
start page
143
end page
146
date of issued
2008-12
publisher
兵庫県立人と自然の博物館
issn
0918-1725
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language
jpn
nii type
Journal Article
HU type
Journal Articles
DCMI type
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format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation
Hiroshima University Museum