[MARMAM] Crustaceans ectoparasities and epibionts of humpback whales in the Colombian Pacifi

Isabel Cristina Avila isabel_c_avila at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 9 11:57:43 PST 2011

Please, find below a new contribution about crustaceans
ectoparasities and epibionts of humpback whales in the Colombian Pacific. 

you would like an electronic pdf copy, please contact me (isabel_c_avila at yahoo.com). 

Abstract:  We  recorded  three 
species  of  crustacean  ectoparasites  and epibionts in
two calves and four adults of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)  that  in  the 
breeding  season  2010  visited  PNN  Gorgona and 
Bahía  Málaga,  Colombian  Pacific:  the  amphipod Cyamus  boopis and the barnacles Coronula diadema and Conchoderma auritum. These crustaceans
adhere to calves and adults and are present in the caudal fin, dorsal fin, back
of the body (near the blowhole) and ventral side of the lower jaw.
Ectoparasites and epibionts recorded here may influence the movement, feeding
and behavior of whales. We found a calf of no more than three months of age
with epibionts:  epibionts seem to attach to whales in tropical waters,
most likely in Colombian waters.

Avila I.C., L.M. Cuellar & J.R.
Cantera. 2011. Crustaceans ectoparasites and epibionts of humpback whales, Megaptera
novaeangliae (Cetacea: Balaenopteridae), in the Colombian Pacific. UNED
Research Journal / Cuadernos de Investigación UNED 3 (2): 177-185. 

Isabel Cristina Avila Jiménez 
Biologist MSc.

Cali, Colombia, South America

E-mail: isabel_c_avila at yahoo.com
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