Helminth Parasites of Cichlids (Perciformes: Cichlidae) from Anambra River Basin, Nigeria
A total of 615 fish from 10 cichlid species of Anambra River Basin were sampled and examined for helminth parasites for a period of 12 months, beginning from February 2006 to January 2007. Four species: T. zilli, T. guineensis, O. niloticus and C. g. guntheri were infected. Two (0.74%) of the T. zilli, 1(1.01%) of the T. guineensis, 1(1.89%) of the O. niloticus and 34 (31.19%) of the C. g. guntheri were infected with unidentified larval nematode, unidentified Acanthocephala, Neoechinorhynchus species and Apororhynchus species respectively. More species (3) were infected in the dry season when compared to that of the wet season (2). Similarly more male species (3) than female (1) were infected. It is of interest to note that Acanthocephala: Apororhynchus species were the dominant parasites and that all the parasites were host- specific.
1Elom, M. O., Avoaja, D. A. and Eyo, J. E. 1Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Department of Biological Sciences, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria.
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