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Occurrence of Pedunculate Barnacles of the Symbiotic Genus Octolasmis (Cirripedia: Crustacea) in Two Species of Edible Crabs

Occurrence of Pedunculate Barnacles of the Symbiotic Genus Octolasmis (Cirripedia: Crustacea) in Two Species of Edible Crabs

Shazia Rasheed1,* and Javed Mustaquim2

1Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal, Balochistan
2Centre of Excellence in Marine Biology, University of Karachi, Karachi

*        Corresponding author: shaziarasheed_22@hotmail.com

ABSTRACT

In the present study, 5356 octolasmids hosted by two Portunus crabs, Potunus pelagicus and p. sanguinolentus, they belong to five species; namely Octolasmis angulata (Aurivillius, 1894), O. cor (Aurivillius, 1894), O. lowei (Darwin, 1851), O. tridens (Aurivillius, 1894) and O. warwickii Gray, 1825. The rate of infestation was found markedly low in P. pelagicus (2.9 %) and P. sanguinolentus (10.8 %) during present investigation. Octolasmids prevalence was significantly higher in female P. pelagicus (81.2%) than that of male (18.8%) while in case of P. sanguinolentus the prevalence was significantly higher in male (60.5%) rather than female (39.5%).
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology (Associated Journals)

October

Vol. 49, Iss. 5, Pages 1547-1936

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