The occurrence and distribution of African Ergasilidae (Crustacea: Copepoda)

W. H. Oldewage, J. G. Van As

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African freshwater and estuarine fish are parasitized by 16 species of Ergasilus, 2 species of Paraergasilus and 1 species of Dermoergasilus. The family Ergasilidae is represented throughout the African continent in all the major river systems. One freshwater and three estuarine species infect a wide range of hosts in southern Africa. Ergasilids generally appear to be widely adaptable to different hosts and the only factor affecting their distribution are natural watersheds. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-187
Number of pages11
JournalRevue de Zoologie Africaine/Journal of African Zoology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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