Parasitic infections in two benthopelagic fish from Amazon: the Arowana Osteoglossum bicirrhosum (Osteoglossidae) and Oscar Astronotus ocellatus (Cichlidae)

Authors

  • Marcos Tavares-Dias Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária, Amapá
  • Tayana Jessi Suwa Mesquita Sousa Universidade Federal do Amazonas
  • Ligia Rigor Neves Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária, Amapá

Abstract

The parasitic fauna of wild Osteoglossum bicirrhosum from central Amazon (Brazil) and wild Astronotus ocellatus from eastern Amazon (Brazil) as well as the host-parasite relationship were evaluated. 87.5% O. bicirrhosum were parasitized only by Gonocleithrum aruanae (Monogenoidea). 92.8% A. ocellatus were parasitized by Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Ciliophora), Gussevia asota (Monogenoidea), Posthodiplostomum sp. metacercariae (Diplostomidae), Procamallanus inopinatus adults and Contracaecum larvae (Anisakidae). High levels of infection by G. aruanae occurred in O. bicirrhosum while in A. ocellatus the highest levels of infection were caused by helminthes ectoparasites such as G. asota, and endoparasites such as Posthodiplostomum sp., P. inopinatus and Contracaecum sp. There was a significant (p>0.05) negative correlation between the intensity of helminthes species and the relative condition factor (Kn) from A. ocellatus, indicating that these parasites are pathogenic for hosts. The parasite fauna of O. bicirrhosum was scarce, while the parasites for A. ocellatus were mainly helminthes species, including adults and larval forms. Such differences on parasites fauna of both omnivore hosts may due to their history life as well as environmental and biological factors.

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Published

2014-02-20

How to Cite

TAVARES-DIAS, M., SOUSA, T.J.S.M. and NEVES, L.R., 2014. Parasitic infections in two benthopelagic fish from Amazon: the Arowana Osteoglossum bicirrhosum (Osteoglossidae) and Oscar Astronotus ocellatus (Cichlidae) . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 546–555. [Accessed23 July 2024]. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/15145.

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Biological Sciences