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Title: A study of some prevalent internal parasites of the Pacific Sanddab, Citharichtys sordidus (Teleostea, Bothidae) from Monterey Bay, California
Student Author(s): Politis, George D.
Faculty Advisor(s): Burnett, Robin
Pages: 21
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1980
Keywords: symbiosis at the seashore
Abstract: Parasitologists have been aware for many decades that fishes serve as hosts for a variety of helminth and protozoan parasites. In 1965, Mackenzie and Gibson reported a diverse parasite community existing in the flat fishes flounder and plaice from the coast of England. Their study is probably hte only detailed study ever published on parasite distribution and incidence in flat fish, and it is safe to say that there have been no published studies on parasites of the flat fish Citharichthys sordidus, the Pacific Sanddab. This paper describes five prevalent internal parasites of Citharichthys sordidus, and reports on the incidences of infection, average parasite loads per sanddab, and distributions of parasites within the host and host population.