African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5233

Full Length Research Paper

Copepod parasites of gills of 14 teleost fish species caught in the gulf of Annaba (Algeria)

Boualleg C.1, Kaouachi N.1, Seridi M.1, Ternango S.2 and Bensouilah M. A.1  
1Laboratoire Ecobiologie des Milieux Marins et Littoraux, Faculté des Sciences. Université Badji Mokhtar Annaba. BP: 12 El- Hadjar. Annaba. 23000. Algérie. 2Laboratoire Parasites et Ecosystèmes Méditerranéens, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Université de Corse, BP 52, 20250 Corte, France.
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  •  Accepted: 27 September 2011
  •  Published: 09 November 2011


A parasitic copepods study of Algerian teleost fish, report 25 copepod species belonging to eight families harvested from the gills of 14 fish species. The analysis of species richness according to some ecological, biological and taxonomical variables (Diet, Displacement, Way of life, Family) of the whole of hosts are reported in this study, the differences between mean specific richness (MSR) of all variables is statically significant according to Kruskal-Walis test using sigma stat software. Parasitic specificity is discussed, infestation parameters were described.


Key words: Gulf of Annaba, copepods, species richness, parasitic indices, parasitic ecology, teleost fishes.