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First Record of Two Species of the Genus Cichlidogyrus Paperna, 1960 (Monogenea, Ancyrocephalidae) in Iraq on Gills of Two Cichlid Fishes
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Kefah Naser Abdul-Ameer, Department of Biology, College of Education for Pure Science, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.
Fatima Khalaf Atwan, Department of Biology, College of Education for Pure Science, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.
The examination of gills of two species of cichlid fishes, viz the redbelly Coptodon zillii and the blue tilapia Oreochromis aureus from Al-Graiat location on the Tigris River at Baghdad city, revealed the presence of two monogenean species belonging to the genus Cichlidogyrus viz C. sclerosus and C. tilapiae for the first time in Iraq. This also represents the first record of the genus Cichlidogyrus from fishes of Iraq. The two species are distinguished by the differences in the shape and size of the sclerotized parts of their haptors and in their male copulatory organs. The descriptions and measurements of these parasites as well as their illustrations were given.
Monogenea, Cichlidogyrus, Cichlidogyrus sclerosus, Cichlidogyrus tilapiae, Cichlid Fishes, Iraq
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