whale louse

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Noun1.whale louse - amphipod crustacean parasitic on cetaceans
amphipod - a kind of malacostracan crustacean
Cyamus, genus Cyamus - whale lice
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We present findings on the prevalence and abundance of cyamid ectoparasites (Cyamus ceti) or "whale lice" on bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) harvested for subsistence in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas from 1973 to 2015.
Although they are common to many cetacean species, some cyamid species are host-specific.
2016), its remote Arctic home range means that these whales are a difficult species to monitor, and little is known about their cyamid ectoparasites.
Our specific objectives were to characterize cyamid prevalence and abundance with respect to demographic, morphological, seasonal, and body condition variables of bowhead whales.
Upon landing, the exposed skin of the whale (including the gape of the mouth, eyelids, blowholes, genital slit, and peduncle, as well as any skin depressions, scars, cracks, or wounds) was examined for cyamid ectoparasites.
the median count was 2, but the highest three cyamid totals were recorded as 201.
We fit logistic regression models to predict the probability of cyamid presence.
However, by considering whales with length and girth measurements, regardless of the presence of an age estimate, it was possible to model cyamid presence with a sample size that was almost four times as large (n = 497).
Various species of cyamid whale lice are highly specialized for a particular species of right whale (Eubalaena spp.
The hemocyanin of Cyamus scammoni, the cyamid amphipod whose hemolymph contains high concentrations of a high-molecular-weight extracellular hemoglobin (Terwilliger, 1991a), aligns with another amphipod hemocyanin.
Prevalence and Abundance of Cyamid "Whale Lice" (Cyamus ceti) on Subsistence Harvested Bowhead Whales {Balaena mysticetus).
Patches of red on the stricken whale show it is infested with tiny crabs called cyamids.