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Cestodes of the Silver Grunt Pomadasys argenteus (Forsskål, 1775) from the Yemeni Coastal Waters of the Red Sea
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Volume 2, 2014
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Ali Bannawi Al-Zubaidy, Department of Biology, Zabid Education College, Hodeidah University, Hodeidah, Yemen.
Furhan Thumad Mhaisen, Tegnervägen 6B, 641 36 Katrineholm, Sweden.
During the period from September 2010 till February 2012, a total of 218 specimens of the silver grunt Pomadasys argenteus were purchased from Al-Mehwat fish market at Hodeidah city, Yemen. Fish inspection revealed that 148 (67.9%) fishes were infected with at least one specimen of five larval metacestodes. These cestodes included four trypanorhynchids and one Tetraphyllid. The trypanorhynchids were represented by plerocercoids of four species: Callitetrarhynchus gracilis (Rudolphi, 1819), Callitetrarhynchus speciosus (Linton, 1897), Lacistorhynchus tenuis (van Beneden, 1858) and Pseudotobothrium dipsacum (Linton, 1897), while the tetraphyllid was represented by Scolex pleuronectis Müller, 1788. Details on parasitic indexes (prevalence, mean intensity and mean abundance of infection) and the infection sites (body cavity, stomach, liver, intestine, mesentery and stomach mucosa) for each larva were demonstrated. C. speciosus, L. tenuis and S. pleuronectis of the present investigation are recorded here for the first time in fishes of the Yemeni coastal waters of the Red Sea.
Pomadasys argenteus, Cestoda, Trypanorhyncha, Tetraphyllidea, Red Sea, Yemen
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