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Veterinaria México

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DELGADO, Patrick Mathews; DELGADO, John Paul Mathews; VEGA ARENAS, Jim  and  ISMINO ORBE, Rosa. Massive infestation by Perulernaea gamitanae (Crustacea: Cyclopoida: Lernaeidae) in juvenile gamitana, cultured in the Peruvian Amazon. Vet. Méx [online]. 2011, vol.42, n.1, pp.59-64. ISSN 0301-5092.

The gamitana is a species of socio-economic importance in the Peruvian Amazon, often intensively produced locally for human consumption. Because of this, more studies concerning parasite populations affecting this species' culture are necessary. In this study, a heavy copepod infestation of Perulernaea gamitanae is reported in a managed culture of gamitana. The prevalence of infection was 100% and mortality of the fish population was complete. The average intensity and abundance of the parasite was 268.8 parasites per individual.

Keywords : copepods; fish parasites; gamitana; fish mortality; aquaculture.

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