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Infestation and Pathological Alterations by Ergasilus sarsi (Copepoda) on the Tanganyika Killifish from Africa
- Kilian, Esmari, Avenant-Oldewage, Annemariè
- Journal of aquatic animal health 2013 v.25 no.4 pp. 237-242
- Ergasilus, blood vessels, fish, hemorrhage, mucus, Africa, Lake Tanganyika
- A total of 204 Ergasilus sarsi , a copepod, were collected from Tanganyika Killifish Lamprichthys tanganicanus in Lake Tanganyika during March 2010. The prevalence was 86.40%, the mean intensity was 7.56, and the mean abundance was 6.38. Only 27 of the fish were infested, and the highest infestation on one fish was 29. Proliferation of mucus cells and lamellar fusion occurred. Haemorrhage due to blood vessel compression was noted. This is the first record of E. sarsi from Tanganyika Killifish. This study is also the first to provide a description of the pathological alterations caused by E. sarsi .