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DAO 70:255-259 (2006)  -  doi:10.3354/dao070255

Occurrence of Atractolytocestus huronensis (Cestoda, Caryophyllaeidae) in German pond-farmed common carp Cyprinus carpio

A. Kappe1,*, T. Seifert1, G. El-Nobi2, G. Bräuer3

1Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Leipzig, An den Tierkliniken 35, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
2Department of Fish Diseases & Management, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, PO Box 44511, Zagazig, Egypt
3Fish Health Service, Animal Epidemic Office of Saxonia, Löwenstraße 7a, 01099 Dresden, Germany

ABSTRACT: Up to now, the caryophyllid cestode Atractolytocestus huronensis Anthony, 1958, a parasite of common carp, has attracted little attention in Germany. Based on recent publications from the Czech Republic and Hungary, it appears probable that this cestode may be increasingly common in Germany. There is a strong connection between the occurrence of A. huronensis and imports of common carp from the Czech Republic and southern Germany. Although in most cases no clinical alterations in parasitized carp have been observed, care should be taken to avoid further dissemination and to prevent possible losses in commercial pond farming.

KEY WORDS: Caryophyllaeidae · Atractolytocestus · Morphology · Prevalence · Common carp ·Germany

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