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Introduction of Gyrodactylus perccotti (Monogenea) into Europe on its invasive fish host, Amur sleeper (Perccottus glenii, Dybowski 1877)

1Department of Fish Ecology, Institute of Vertebrate Biology ASCR, v.v.i., Květná 8, 603 65, Brno, Czech Republic

2Marine Scotland Marine Laboratory, P.O. Box 101, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, UK

3Department of Ecology and Vertebrate Zoology, University of Lodz, Banacha 12/16, 90-237, Lodz, Poland

© 2012 Institute of Parasitology, SAS, Košice, Slovakia. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Citation Information: Helminthologia. Volume 49, Issue 1, Pages 21–26, ISSN (Online) 1336-9083, ISSN (Print) 0440-6605, DOI: 10.2478/s11687-012-0004-3, January 2012

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Monogenean parasites of Amur sleeper Perccottus glenii introduced to Europe during the last century were studied during two seasons in the Wloclawski Reservoir (Poland). Introduction of a single species Gyrodactylus perccotti with its host was confirmed in both seasons: autumn 2006 and spring 2008. Occurrence of G. perccotti in Europe was reported for the first time. Intensity of infection decreased from 2006 to 2008, but the prevalence did not differ between the seasons. G. perccotti sampled in autumn 2006 showed low morphometrical variability and high morphological similarity with parasites collected in host native range, Amur River. In contrary, high morphological and metrical variability was found within the samples collected in spring 2008. Nucleic acid sequencing of the partial ITS rDNA confirmed that despite the variation in morphology or size of haptoral hard parts, all studied Gyrodactylus specimens belonged to the same species (G. percotti) and no intraspecific variation was detected.

Keywords: Amur sleeper; Monogenea; Gyrodactylidae; species introduction

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