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