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|Title: ||Diversity and host-specificity of monogenean gill parasites (Platyhelminthes) of cichlid fishes in the Bangweulu-Mweru ecoregion|
|Authors: ||Jorissen, Michiel W.P.|
Vreven, Emmanuel J.
Volckaert, Filip A.M.
Chocha Manda, Auguste
Kasembele, Kapepula Gyrhaiss
Vanhove, Maarten P.M.
|Issue Date: ||2017|
|Citation: ||JOURNAL OF HELMINTHOLOGY,, p. 1-47|
|Status: ||In Press|
|Abstract: ||This study represents the first exploration of the parasite fauna of cichlid fishes in the Mweru-Luapula subregion (Central Africa). Twelve species of cichlids and 14 species of Monogenea from three genera (Cichlidogyrus, Gyrodactylus and Scutogyrus) were collected. We present a first record of the gill parasite fauna of eight host species, Oreochromis mweruensis, Orthochromis sp. ‘Mambilima’, Sargochromis mellandi, Serranochromis angusticeps, S. stappersii, S. thumbergi and Tylochromis mylodon. The host range of 10 parasite species was expanded. The study further includes the description of Cichlidogyrus consobrini sp.n. from S. mellandi and Orthochromis sp. ‘Mambilima’. A new morphotype of C. halli is characterized and three species, C. papernastrema, C. quaestio and C. zambezensis are redescribed. Furthermore, the biodiversity and host-specificity of these parasites are compared with cichlid parasites from Lake
Kariba and Cameroon. Two species, including C. consobrini sp.n. and a new morphotype of C. halli, are putative endemics. Additionally, the parasite fauna is highly similar in species composition to Lake Kariba, but in Bangweulu-Mweru the same parasite species are more host-specific, probably because of hydrogeographical differences between the two regions.|
|Type: ||Journal Contribution|
|Appears in Collections: ||Research publications|
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