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Parasitism of the Golden King Crab, Lithodesaequispinus Benedict, 1895 (Decapoda, Anomura, Lithodidae) By a Liparid Fish

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Fish eggs and larvae of the genus Careproctus were found in the gill chamber of ovigerous golden king crabs Lithodes aequispinus. The host crab died subsequent to hatching of the fish eggs in one incident, but not in another. Because of gill damage caused by the egg mass, the fish-crab relationship is properly termed parasitism rather than commensalism. Two of 14 ovigerous females were parasitized, while no infected males were found in 824 examined, although evidence of parasitism of male crabs was found.

Affiliations: 1: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Auke Bay Fisheries Laboratory, 11305 Gla-cier Highway, Juneau, Alaska 99801-8626 U.S.A.; 2: Juneau Center, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 11120 Glacier Highway, Juneau, Alaska 99801-8677 U.S.A.


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