Systematics of the Caligidae, Copepods Parasitic on Marine Fishes


This book is a generic revision of the entire caligid family, which has not been reviewed and revised since its establishment in 1834 by Burmeister. It includes detailed descriptions of all genera within the family along with a discussion on the taxonomic status of the genera previously belonging to the Euryphoridae and compiles an extensive array of information and literature regarding "sea lice" into one book. The external morphology, functional morphology, life history, and host-parasite relationships of the Caligidae are presented. A key to the genera of the Caligidae is provided. Because this family has become increasingly important due to their deleterious effects on fishes, especially cultured or farmed fishes throughout the world, aquaculturists have become very concerned about these “sea lice”.
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Biographical Note

Masahiro Dojiri, Ph.D. (1983) in Biology, Boston University, is Division Manager of the Environmental Monitoring Division, Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles. He has published several articles on copepods parasitic on fishes and invertebrates including the Revision of the Taeniacanthidae (Copepoda: Poecilostomatoida) Parasitic on Fishes and Sea Urchins (Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 1987).

Ju-Shey Ho, Ph.D. (1969) in Biology, Boston University, is Emeritus Professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has published 246 papers on symbiotic Copepoda including one book entitled Sea Lice of Taiwan (The Sueichan Press, 2004).

Table of contents

Historical review
Material and methods
External morphology
Larval development
Host-parasite relationships
Systematic account
Phylogeny of the Caligidae
Selective terms & zoogeographic localities index
All-inclusive parasite index
Comprehensive parasite index


This work would be considered a reference book with a relatively wide audience comprised of general marine biologists, copepodologists, carcinologists, ichthyologists, parasitologists, naturalists, and fish farmers (aqua culturists).


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