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First report of marine horsehair worms (Nematomorpha: Nectonema) parasitic in isopod crustaceans

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Nectonema, the only horsehair worm (Nematomorpha) genus found in marine environments, was previously known to be parasitic only in decapod crustaceans. We report Nectonema sp. as the first record of a marine nematomorph parasitic in isopod crustaceans. This is also the third record of marine nematomorphs from the North Pacific. Six infected isopods (Natatolana japonensis) collected from 1425 m of depth in the Sea of Japan…..

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Article Information

Kakui, K., Fukuchi, J. & Shimada, D. First report of marine horsehair worms (Nematomorpha: Nectonema) parasitic in isopod crustaceans. Parasitol Res (2021)
DOI: 10.1007/s00436-021-07213-9