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Leeches, Lice and Lampreys: A Natural History of Skin and Gill Parasites of Fishes

By: Graham C Kearn

432 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Dec 2004 | #152749 | ISBN: 140202925X
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Excellent handbook for marine and freshwater biologists.

From the publisher's announcement:

Many different kinds of animals have adopted a parasitic life style on the skin and gills of marine and freshwater fishes, including protozoans, flatworms, leeches, a range of crustaceans and even some vertebrates (lampreys). There is a parasitic barnacle, described first in the 19th century by Charles Darwin, fish lice that change sex and bivalve molluscs parasitic only when young. This book explores for the first time in one volume, the remarkable biology of these little known and frequently bizarre animals.

The following closely interwoven themes are considered for each group of parasites: how they find their hosts, how they attach, feed and reproduce, the damage they inflict and how the host's immune system retaliates. Based on the British fauna, but extending where appropriate to examples from North America, Australia and elsewhere, the book is essential reading, not just for the professional parasitologist, but also for anyone interested in fishes and in this neglected field of British natural history.

With the enquiring naturalist in mind, terms and concepts are explained as they arise, backed up by a glossary, and the text is liberally illustrated. An introductory chapter on fish biology sets the scene and common fish names are used throughout, as well as scientific names.

Leeches, Lice and Lampreys is a well-indexed, up-to-date and comprehensive synthesis of the known biology of fish ectoparasites. It will be an extremely useful reference...I highly recommend it to anyone interested in fish biology or parasitology. (Fish and Fisheries 6(3), 2005) "...the overviews represent a top-class discussion by a leading authority of this research field." "This is a work of great scholarship." (Parasitoloy 132, 2006)


Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- 1 The hosts.- 2 ?Protozoans?.- 3 Monogenean (flatworm) skin parasites ? Entobdella.- 4 Other monogenean skin parasites.- 5 Monogenean gill parasites ? monopisthocotyleans.- 6 Monogenean gill parasites ? polyopisthocotyleans.- 7 Leeches.- 8 Siphonostomatoid copepods: (1) Fish lice ? caligids.- 9 Siphonostomatoid copepods: (2) pennellids.- 10 Siphonostomatoid copepods: (3) lernaeopodids.- 11 Cyclopoid copepods ? the anchor worm.- 12 Poecilostomatoid copepods.- 13 The common fish louse ? Argulus.- 14 A mesoparasitic barnacle ? Anelasma.- 15 Isopods.- 16 Unionacean mollusks (naiads).- 17 Lampreys.- 18 Conclusions.- Appendix 1 Classified list of fishes with common and scientific names.- Appendix 2 Classified list of genera of epizoic and parasitic invertebrates.- Glossary.- References.- Index of scientific and common names.- Subject index.

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