Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 57, Issue 1, pp 53–60 | Cite as

Is the community of fish gill parasites structured in a Neotropical floodplain?

  • Sybelle Bellay
  • Ricardo Massato Takemoto
  • Edson Fontes Oliveira


Sixty-one specimens of the piranha Serrasalmus marginatus Valenciennes, 1837 were analyzed, aiming at assessing the community structure of their gill parasites. The samples were collected in lagoons of the Paraná, Ivinheima and Baia Subsystems within the Upper Paraná River Floodplain (Brazil). Host size and sex had little or no influence on the abundance and prevalence of parasites. The organization of the gill parasite infracommunities of S. marginatus was significantly non-random according to null models and ordination analyses. In general, parasite infrapopulations were not affected by interspecific associations or host characteristics (e.g. size, sex), what highlights the importance of local habitat characteristics to community organization of gill parasites of S. marginatus in the Upper Paraná River Floodplain.


Freshwater fish Serrasalmus marginatus metazoan parasites monogeneans diversity co-occurrence null models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sybelle Bellay
    • 1
  • Ricardo Massato Takemoto
    • 1
  • Edson Fontes Oliveira
    • 2
  1. 1.Núcleo de Pesquisas em Limnologia, Ictiologia e Aqüicultura (PEA-Nupélia)Universidade Estadual de MaringáMaringá, ParanáBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR)Londrina, ParanáBrazil

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