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

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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.

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Vankara, A.P., Vijayalakshmi, C. Metazoan parasites of Mystus vittatus (Bloch) of River Godavari with description of a new species of Acanthocephala, Raosentis godavarensis sp. nov.. J Parasit Dis 33, 77–83 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12639-009-0013-4

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Keywords

  • Bagridae
  • Hypodermic nuclei
  • Mystus vittatus
  • Proboscis
  • Raosentis godavarensis