[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The objective of this work was to report the first seasonal occurrence of the acanthocephalan Quadrigyrus nickoli Schmidt & Hugghins, 1973 (Quadrigyridae), in the "Mato Grosso" Hyphessobrycon eques (Characidae) (Steindachner, 1882), collected from the Chumucuí River, state of Pará, Brazil. The fish were collected between July 2006 (rainy season) and June 2007 (dry season) and were examined for parasites using pattern techniques. A total of 75 parasites were found in the stomach and intestine. Among 83 fish examined (50 in the dry season and 33 in the rainy season), 22 were parasitized by cystacanths of Q. nickoli. The importance of H. eques as a paratenic host for Q. nickoli is discussed. This is the first study on the biology of and infection by Q. nickoli occurring in the eastern Amazon region.
Revista brasileira de parasitologia veterinaria = Brazilian journal of veterinary parasitology: Orgao Oficial do Colegio Brasileiro de Parasitologia Veterinaria 03/2013; 22(1):110-113. · 0.72 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The objective of the present study was to discover the hematological indices of Hoplias malabaricus infected by larvae of Contracaecum sp. A total of 105 fish were collected from two lakes located in the municipal district of Pirassununga, São Paulo, Brazil, of which 95.2 % were infested by L3 larvae of Contracaecum sp., with an average intensity of 348.7 ± 231.55 helminths/fish. A total of 76 fish were analyzed to establish hematological parameters. Following analysis, it was found that there was a significant difference between hematological parameters Hct, erythrocytes (Er), thrombocytopenia (p = 0.01), and Hb (p = 0.02) in lakes A and B, while there was no significant difference for leukocyte (p = 0.68), mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin (p = 0.06), and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (p = 0.47). The intensity of infection correlated negatively with Er (r s = -0.42; p < 0.01) and positively for (r s = 0.48; p < 0.01). The high intensity of infection by Contracaecum sp. in H. malabaricus did not affect the health of the fish despite causing alterations in hematological variables.
Parasitology Research 05/2013; · 2.85 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The objective of this work was to describe the parasitic fauna of cachara (Pseudoplatystoma reticulatum) cultured in a net‑cage in the Paraguai River, Brazil. Ten fish with mean weight of 598.0±81.3 g and total length of 38.6±1.6 cm were examined. All necropsied fish were parasitized by at least two species. Among them, Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Ciliophora), Myxobolus sp. and Henneguya sp. (Myxozoa), Monogenoidea,
Choanoscolex abscissusand Nominoscolex sudobim(Cestoda), Dolops carvalhoi(Crustacea), and Digenea
were diagnosed. The protozoan Ichthyophthirius multifiliis was the most prevalent parasite.
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