Inland Water Biology

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 219–227 | Cite as

Trematodes (Plathelminthes) of Clarias gariepinus (Pisces: Clariidae) in Lake Tana, Ethiopia

  • A. E. Zhokhov
  • D. A. Morozova
  • M. N. Pugacheva
Parasitology of Hydrobionts


All of the 166 Clarias gariepinus catfishes in Lake Tana, Ethiopia, were examined for trematode infestation in 2006—2009. Seven trematode species—Eumasenia bangweulensis, Astiotrema reniferum, Orientocreadium batrachoides, Paralecithodendrium chilostomum, Phyllodistomum bavuri, P. tana, and Cladorchiidae gen. sp.—as adult were found. The common catfish parasites were Eumasenia bangweulensis (20% prevalence and 1—62 intensity of invasion), Orientocreadium batrachoides (30% prevalence and 1–31 intensity of invasion), Phyllodistomum bavuri (24.8% prevalence and 1–8 intensity of invasion), Ph. tana (17.6% prevalence and 1–23 intensity of invasion), and Ph. bavuri. Astiotrema reniferum (three specimens were only found) was a rare species; Paralecithodendrium chilostomum was an accidental parasite of catfish. All these trematodes were first recorded in Ethiopia and Eastern Africa.


Trematoda Clariidae Clarias gariepinus Lake Tana Ethiopia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. E. Zhokhov
    • 1
  • D. A. Morozova
    • 1
  • M. N. Pugacheva
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Biology of Inland WatersRussian Academy of SciencesBorok, Yaroslavl oblastRussia

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