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Volume 61, Issue 3


Taxonomy, distribution and prevalence of parasites of tigerfish, Hydrocynus vittatus (Castelnau, 1861) in the Sanyati basin, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Nyasha Mabika
  • University of Johannesburg, Department of Zoology, South Africa
  • University of Zimbabwe, Department of Anatomy, Zimbabwe
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/ Maxwell Barson
  • University of Johannesburg, Department of Zoology, South Africa
  • University of Zimbabwe, Department of Biological Sciences, Zimbabwe
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/ Cobus Van Dyk / Annemariè Avenant-Oldewage
Published Online: 2016-07-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2016-0082


Parasites of the tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) were investigated in the period October 2014 to July 2015 in the Sanyati Basin, Lake Kariba. The fish were collected using seine netting and also during the annual Kariba International Tiger Fishing Tournament. A total of 80 fish specimens (24 males and 56 females) were collected and were infected with the following seven parasite taxa: Monogenea (Annulotrema sp.1 from the gills and Annulotrema sp.2 from the skin), Nematoda (Contracaecum larvae), Cestoda (bothriocephalid, larval cyclophyllid), Copepoda (Lamproglena hemprichii), pentastomid, Myxosporea (Myxobolus sp.,) and unicellular ciliate parasites (Trichodina sp., Tetrahymena sp., and unidentified). Annulotrema sp. 1 was observed in all fish and had the highest prevalence, mean intensity and abundance. The fish organs infected were gills, skin, fin, body cavity, stomach, intestines, mesentery, liver, kidney, brain cavity and swim bladder. No parasites were observed in the muscle, eyes and blood. The distribution of the parasites was highest in the gills and lowest in the brain cavity and swimbladder. Bothriocephalids, pentastomes and Trichodina sp. were not observed in male fish. Sex was not related to the intensity of parasites. The results of the study showed that H. vittatus has a richer parasite community than other previous investigated alestids. Pentastomes, Myxobolus sp., Trichodina sp., Tetrahymena sp. and bothriocephalid cestodes are new records for H. vittatus in Zimbabwe.

Keywords: Annulotrema; Lamproglena; Trichodina; Myxobolus; bothriocephalid; Contracaecum


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Received: 2015-12-03

Revised: 2016-04-17

Accepted: 2016-04-19

Published Online: 2016-07-21

Published in Print: 2016-09-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 61, Issue 3, Pages 614–620, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2016-0082.

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