First record of sharksucker Echeneis naucrates (Perciformes, Echeneidae) associated with a young Guiana dolphin Sotalia guianensis (Cetartiodactyla, Delphinidae) in north-eastern Brazil

Luciano R. A. Souto, Thais E. W. Ross, Cláudio L. S. Sampaio, Maria S.S. Reis, Guilherme Augusto Bortolotto*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Suckerfish attached to dolphin species have been extensively reported worldwide, yet such association has been rarely seen in the tropical and shallow waters of South America. In Brazil, the Guiana dolphin Sotalia guianensis is distributed along almost the entire extent of the coast and only one case of association with suckerfish has been published. Here we report on a sharksucker Echeneis naucrates associated with a young Guiana dolphin on the north-eastern coast of Brazil. The juvenile dolphin with an attached sharksucker was observed on two occasions separated by a 47-day period; we hypothesize the occurrence of host attachment fidelity. The present report adds information to better discuss the ecological interactions between echeneids and dolphins, and expands the baseline information on cetacean species serving as host to suckerfish.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-389
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume102
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'First record of sharksucker Echeneis naucrates (Perciformes, Echeneidae) associated with a young Guiana dolphin Sotalia guianensis (Cetartiodactyla, Delphinidae) in north-eastern Brazil'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this