DAO 53:271-272 (2003)  -  doi:10.3354/dao053271

Girdles as the main infection site for Paradeontacylix kampachi (Sanguinicolidae) in the greater amberjack Seriola dumerili

Francisco E. Montero*, F. Javier Aznar, Mercedes Fernández, Juan A. Raga

Departamento de Zoologia Animal and Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Universitat de Valencia, PO Box 22085, Valencia 46071, Spain

ABSTRACT: In this study, we provide new information about the habitats selected by the blood fluke Paradeontacylix kampachi in the greater amberjack Seriola dumerili based on an exhaustive anatomical examination. From May to October 1998, 21 fish of the 0+ age class were collected from tanks of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography in Puerto de Mazarrón, Spain, for parasitological analysis. Individuals of P. kampachi were found in 17 of the 21 fish analysed (mean intensity ± SD: 13.6 ± 16.6; median: 6). Worms occurred in the girdles, cephalic kidney, sinus venosus, kidney and branchial arteries. A Friedman test with a post-hoc contrast revealed a significantly higher number of worms in the girdles when compared with the other sites, suggesting this may be the main habitat for P. kampachi. This location had never been reported as a habitat for any species of Paradeontacylix, probably because it had not been examined before. Girdles should be routinely examined to estimate the actual intensity of infection and to maximize the likelihood of finding this species of digenean.


KEY WORDS: Seriola dumerili · Aquaculture · Habitat · Sanguinicolidae · Paradeontacylix kampachi


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