Subject: Abstract: Cetacean Parasites, Caribbean (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 10:01:53 -0500 (EST)

Subject: Abstract: Cetacean Parasites, Caribbean (fwd)

From: Dr.Antonio A.Mignucci-Giannoni <>

A new publication detailing the parasites of cetaceans in the Caribbean
was recently published by the Journal of Parasitology. The citation and
abstract follow:

Mignucci-Giannoni, AA, EP Hoberg, D Siegel-Causey & EH Williams, Jr. 1998.
Metazoan parasites and other symbionts of cetaceans in the Caribbean. J.
Parasitol. 84(5):939-946.

Abstract: The parasite fauna in cetaceans from the Puerto Rico, the Virgin
Islands, and the larger Caribbean region is poorly known. We provide the
first records for parasite biodiversity among a diverse assemblage of
cetaceans from the Caribbean Sea. Internal and external parasites and
commensals were collected from stranded whales and dolphins salvaged in
Puerto Rico, the United States and British Virgin Islands, Jamaica and
Venezuela between 1989 and 1997. A total of 47 individuals of 16 species
of whales and dolphins (15 odontocetes and 1 mysticete) was examined.
Overall, parasites and commensals were found in 34 (72.3%) animals,
representing 13 species of odontocetes and 1 mysticete. Eighteen species
of endoparasitic helminths were found, including 8 species of nematodes, 2
digeneans, 6 cestodes, and 2 acanthocephalans. Three species of whale-lice
and 2 species of barnacles were also collected.

Reprints may be obtained from the first author at the following address:
PO Box 361715 San Juan PR 00936-1715 USA

Dr. Antonio A. Mignucci-Giannoni
Associate Professor-Caribbean Marine Mammal Laboratory, Universidad
Scientific Coordinator-Caribbean Stranding Network

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