Vol. 45 No. 4, 2006
Two Species of Makrostrotos
gen. nov. (Copepoda: Taeniacanthidae) Parasitic on the Laced Moray (Gymnothorax favagineus Bloch and
Schneider) in Taiwan
Ho1 and Ching-Long Lin2,*
of Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2Department of Aquatic Sciences, National Chiayi
University, Chiayi, Taiwan 600
Ho and Ching-Long Lin (2006) Two species of Makrostrotos gen. nov. (Copepoda:
Taeniacanthidae), M. acuminatus sp.
nov. and M. hamus sp. nov.,
were discovered parasitic on the gill filaments of the laced moray, Gymnothorax favagineus Bloch and
Schneider, caught and landed at fishing ports in southern Taiwan. The
new genus is characterized in having a T-shaped (instead of a Y-shaped)
rostral bar, a robust, prehensile maxilla, and a whiplike maxilliped.
The 2 new species of Makostrotos
can be distinguished by the structure of the terminal claw on the
maxilla and the armature of the 3rd expopodal segment of leg 4.
Key words: Taeniacanthidae,
Taiwan, Marine fish.
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