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Research Journal of Parasitology
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 87-93
DOI: 10.3923/jp.2007.87.93
Infestation of Isopod Parasite Lironeca puhi in Slender Needle Fish Strongylura leiura
S. Ravichandran

Abstract:
The infestation of Lironeca puhi in the fish Strongylura leiura was studied. Infested fish exhibited gill damage was subjectively determined as minor, major and massive damages. A marked increase in the size of the parasite existed with the development of a marsupium full of juvenile isopods. This significantly increased the pressure atrophy caused by the presence of the parasites. The percentage reduction of respiratory surface area in the II and III gill arches was 18.3 and 29.7, respectively. A significant reduction in the gill surface area was observed due to infestation. The reduction in gill raker count was observed as a function of infestation. Infested fishes had extremely pale gills indicating anemia. Gill rakers were seriously lost, apical edges were damaged and gill lamellae were heavily destroyed.
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S. Ravichandran , 2007. Infestation of Isopod Parasite Lironeca puhi in Slender Needle Fish Strongylura leiura. Research Journal of Parasitology, 2: 87-93.

DOI: 10.3923/jp.2007.87.93

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jp.2007.87.93

 
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