Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 99–101 | Cite as

A short note on heavy infection of acanthocephalan worm (Neoechinorhynchus agilis) in grey mullet, Mugil cephalus

  • K. P. JithendranEmail author
  • S. Kannappan
Short Communication


Infection with acanthocephalan parasite, Neoechinorhynchus agilis (Acanthocephala: Neoechinorhynchidae) is reported from adult mullet (Mugil cephalus). Heavy infections with the parasites were observed in the posterior region of the intestine, almost blocking the lumen. At the site of parasite attachment, the surface of the intestine appeared thickened and the mucosal epithelium. A description of the parasites and its clinicopathology is discussed.


Acanthocephalans Spiny headed worm Neoechinorhynchus agilis Infection Mugil cephalus 



The authors are grateful to Dr. Kazuya Nagasawa, Graduate School of Biosciences, Hiroshima University (Japan) for taxonomic identification of the parasite studied in this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Institute of Brackishwater AquacultureChennaiIndia

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