Ophichthids (Ophichthidae: Anguilliformes) within the body cavity of marine fishes: pseudoparasites?
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AuthorsIsbert, W. (Wolf); Montero, F.E. (Francisco E.); Fernández, M. (Mercedes); Lombarte, A. (Antoni); Sacanell, M. (Miquel); Orejas, C. (Covadonga)
Three snake eels (Ophichthidae) were found in three common pandoras (Pagellus erythrinus) from the north-western Mediterranean: two in the stomach and one embedded in the body cavity. This incidence corroborates previous records of snake eels found within fish. The role of the eels as possible prey, parasites or pseudoparasites is briefly discussed