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Title: Host locating abilities of the fish parasite Lironeca vulgaris (Crustacea, Isopoda, Cymothoidae)
Student Author(s): Keusink, Christopher
Pages: 17
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1973
Keywords: Isopoda
Abstract: This investigation indicated larval L. vulgaris were incapable of sensory perception of host fish without physical contact between isopod and fish. Random activity as a means of infesting flatfish was shown a possibility using behavioral studies in combination with a brief study of flatfish population densities. Infestation by the feeding upon the isopod by fish was shown physically possible, and provided a logical explanantion for the occurence of the parasitic isopod on pelagic fish. Much work remains to be done on this subject.