Observations of the ectoparasite community of an endangered elasmobranch, the flapper skate (Dipturus intermedius)

Leonie Isler, Steven Benjamins, Jane Dodd

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Abstract

Understanding ectoparasite diversity and infestation rates among elasmobranch hosts is therefore crucial for conservation, but baseline data are unavailable for many species, including flapper skate:
• Parasites affect individuals’ health and fitness
• High parasitic burdens can indicate physiological stress, driven by
environmental pressures
• Parasites are increasingly used as biological indicators to monitor
impacts of anthropogenic pressures as well as wider environmental
changes (e.g. increasing temperatures, pollution, acidification; Morley
et al. 2006
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2022
EventMASTS Annual Science Meeting 2022: Supporting Delivery of the Blue Economy Vision - Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Duration: 8 Nov 202210 Nov 2022

Conference

ConferenceMASTS Annual Science Meeting 2022
Period8/11/2210/11/22

Keywords

  • Flapper skate
  • Elasmobranchs
  • Conservation
  • Parasitology
  • Sea Lice
  • Leeches
  • Catch and Release
  • Sea angling

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