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Mothocya parvostis or Mothocya sajori ?: cymothoid (Isopoda) parasitic on Japanese halfbeak, Hyporhamphus sajori, in Hiroshima Bay, the Seto Inland Sea, Japan

Kazuya Nagasawa

Abstract / Introduction / Summary:

Five ovigerous females and five males of cymothoid isopod were collected from the  branchial cavity of five individuals of Japanese halfbeak, Hyporhamphus sajori (Temminck and Schlegel, 1846), in Hiroshima Bay, the Seto Inland Sea, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. They were found in female-male pairs. The isopod resembled Mothocya parvostis Bruce, 1986 and Mothocya sajori Bruce, 1986, but the body length (BL) of the five ovigerous females ranged from 17.0 to 19.4 (mean, 18.4) mm, which do not correspond to the BL ranges of the ovigerous females of M. parvostis (11.0–15.0 mm) and M. sajori (20.5–27.5 mm) reported in the original descriptions of these species. Thus, the isopod collected cannot be identified as either M. parvostis or M. sajori and is herein reported as Mothocya sp. It is highly probable that M. parvostis and M. sajori are indistinguishable from each other and regarded as conspecific. A taxonomic work of these two species is needed.