- blue shark
- mako shark
- white shark
- North and South Atlantic, including the Mediterranean
- North and South Pacific
- Western Indian Ocean
Shark populations are declining so their parasites, such as Anthosoma, will be affected by this decline. However, parasites are rarely accorded any conservation status.
The female can be
- up to 15mm in length
- has a large head region covered by a dorsal shield
- a trunk of 5 ill-defined segments behind the shield
The male is up to 10mm in length, but is similar to the female in body form although lacking the dorsal elytra covering the trunk.
Life History and Behavior
- Females produce a pair of long cylindrical egg strings
- each containing a single stack of flattened, disc-like eggs.
- Eggs hatch as nauplius larvae which are
- nourished by the yolk they contain
- generally only 2 nauplius stages in these copepods
- the second nauplius larva stage moults into the infective stage – the copepodid.
- the copepodid locates a host
- not known how
- in related copepods parasitic on fish, host location involves
- behaviour that initially brings the larva into the correct habitat to encounter a host, where
- larva responds to the presence of a host detected by
- sensing the mechanical disturbance caused by the host’s swimming
- or visually as a shadow passing overhead.
- The final stage of infection , recognising the correct host
- usually depends upon detecting chemicals contained in the fish mucus or skin.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Anthosoma crassum
No available public DNA sequences.
Download FASTA File
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Anthosoma crassum
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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