Macroparasites of Pacific sanddab Citharichthys sordidus (Bothidae) from polluted waters of the Palos Verdes Shelf, southern California
Hogue, Cheryl C.
Paris, Jeanie M.
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Pacific sanddab Citharichthys sordidus Girard is very abundant along the Pacific coast of North America and is an important food fish in California (Hopkins 1986). It is a major component of trawl-caught fish in many locations in the Southern California Bight (SCB) (Allen et al. 1999). Pacific sanddab inhabits polluted waters off the coast of southern California where it associates with bottom sediments that contain a variety of contaminants like dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as well as heavy metals (Eganhouse and Venkatesan 1993).