Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 33, Issue 1–2, pp 77–83 | Cite as

Metazoan parasites of Mystus vittatus (Bloch) of River Godavari with description of a new species of Acanthocephala, Raosentis godavarensis sp. nov.

  • Anu Prasanna VankaraEmail author
  • C. Vijayalakshmi
Original Article


A total of 9 metazoan parasitic species were identified from Mystus vittatus (Bloch) in river Godavari during 2005–2007 including 2 monogeneans, 2 digeneans, 3 acanthocephalans and 2 copepods. Two species of monogeneans (Bifurcohaptor indicus and Thaparocleidus tengra), digeneans (Haplorchoides macrones and metacercariae of Isoparorchis hypselobagri), an acanthocephalan (Raosentis podderi) found during the present study are of common occurrence in this fish. M. vittatus constitutes a new host record for an acanthocephalan, Raosentis thapari and 2 copepods, Argulus striatus and Lamproglena hospetensis. The occurrence of A. striatus represents unusual for M. vittatus. A new species of acanthocephala, Raosentis godavarensis sp. nov is reported, described and illustrated.


Bagridae Hypodermic nuclei Mystus vittatus Proboscis Raosentis godavarensis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Animal sciencesYogi Vemana UniversityKadapaIndia

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