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DAO 132:171-179 (2019)  -  DOI:

Morphological and molecular characterization of the muscle-infecting myxosporean Myxobolus xinyangensis sp. nov. from Abbottina rivularis in China

W. Wu1,2,*, Q. S. Wang1,*, H. Sato3, J. Y. Zhang1,2,3,**

1Key Laboratory of Aquaculture Diseases Control, Ministry of Agriculture, State Key Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology and Biotechnology, HuaiAn Research Center, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, 430072, PR China
2The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100049, PR China
3Laboratory of Parasitology, Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi, 753-8515, Japan
*These authors contributed equally to this work
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ABSTRACT: During an environmental assessment on the Huang River in Xinyang City (Henan Province, China), a novel Myxobolus species (Myxozoa: Myxobolidae) was found infecting the trunk muscle of Chinese false gudgeon Abbottina rivularis Basilewsky, 1855 (Gobioninae, Cyprinidae). Plasmodia of the new myxozoan, nominated herein as Myxobolus xinyangensis sp. nov., are round and yellowish, symmetrically and bilaterally located dorsal to the openings of the 2 opercula, and measure about 4.5 mm in diameter. The mature myxospores are orbicular in frontal view and fusiform in sutural view, with slightly tapered anterior end and rounded posterior end, and measure 9.4 ± 0.5 (8.7-10.6) µm long, 8.6 ± 0.6 (7.3-9.5) µm wide and 6.4 ± 0.3 (5.8-7.1) µm thick (mean ± SD, range). The ratio of spore length to spore width is close to 1. Two slightly unequal pyriform polar capsules, with tapering anterior ends and rounded posterior ends, measure 5.6 ± 0.67 (4.3-6.8) µm long and 3.0 ± 0.3 (2.4-3.6) µm wide, present as a figure 8 in the anterior part of spores and tightly converge at the top end of spores. Polar filament coils show 4 to 5 turns and are situated perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the polar capsules. No intercapsular appendix or sutural folds at the posterior end of spores were observed. The obtained partial small subunit ribosomal DNA sequence did not match any available data in GenBank and showed the highest sequence identity (93%) with 2 cyprinid trunk muscle-infecting Myxobolus species, M. pseudodispar and M. klamathellus. Phylogenetic analysis clearly showed that M. xinyangensis sp. nov. clustered within a cyprinid trunk muscle-infecting Myxobolus subclade at the basal position, but as an independent branch which was a possible reflection of its distinct myxospore morphology. This is the first record of infection of Myxobolus species in the trunk muscle of Abbotina fish.

KEY WORDS: Chinese false gudgeon · Myxozoa · Trunk muscle · Morphology · Phylogeny

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Cite this article as: Wu W, Wang QS, Sato H, Zhang JY (2019) Morphological and molecular characterization of the muscle-infecting myxosporean Myxobolus xinyangensis sp. nov. from Abbottina rivularis in China. Dis Aquat Org 132:171-179.

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