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A Survey of Parasitic Helminths of Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) Collected from Odo-Ogbe Market in Ile-Ife, Nigeria
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Volume 6, 2018
Issue 3 (September)
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Onana Ediseimokumoh Edith, Department of Zoology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Akinpelu Akinsola Ishola, Department of Zoology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
A parasitic survey of Clarias gariepinus collected from commercial fish sellers in Odo-Ogbe market, a major market in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria was investigated. A total of 120 specimens of C. gariepinus were collected between April and May 2009. The fishes were bought early in the morning from the market women and transported directly to the laboratory in the Department of Zoology within thirty minutes. Four different parasitic helminth parasites were recovered from the C. gariepinus in this study. These parasites include two cestode species (Lytocestus marcuseni (and Fimbriaria sp.), two nematode species (Paracamallanus cyanthopharynx and Physaloptera sp.). Of the one hundred and twenty C. gariepinus examined only (32.5%) were infected with parasitic helminths. The overall prevalence of helminth infection in male fishes (36.8%) was more than that of female fishes (28.6%). Fimbriaria sp. was the most predominant helminth parasite recovered in this survey. Helminth infections were observed to be more prevalent in fishes of higher standard lengths and weights than those of lower standard lengths and weights suggesting that prevalence is higher in older fishes.
C. gariepinus, Helminth, Prevalence, Intensity, Odo-Ogbe Market
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