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DAO 41:81-82 (2000)  -  doi:10.3354/dao041081

Occurrence of Bothriocephalus acheilognathi in cyprinid fish from three lakes in the flood plain of the Yangtze River, China

P. Nie*, G. T. Wang, W. J. Yao, Y. A. Zhang, Q. Gao

State Key Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology and Biotechnology, and Laboratory of Fish Diseases, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430072, Hubei Province, PR China

ABSTRACT: Cyprinid fish, Hemiculter leucisculus, Cultrichthys erythropterus and Culter dabryi, were sampled from Liangzi, Honghu and Tangxun lakes in the flood plain of the Yangtze River. The cestode Bothriocephalus acheilognathi Yamaguti, 1934 was found in the 3 lakes, but C. erythropterus sampled from Liangzi lake was found uninfected due probably to the small sample size. Findings of the cestode in the 3 lakes represent the first record of the parasite in the flood plain of the Yangtze River, indicating that B. acheilognathi may be distributed much wider in China than previously recognized.

KEY WORDS: Bothriocephalus acheilognathi · Hemiculter leucisculus · Cultrichthys erythropterus · Culter dabryi · Yangtze River flood plain lakes · China

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