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Pentastomid parasites in fish in the Olifants and Incomati River systems, South Africa

Wilmien J. Luus-Powell, Antoinette Jooste, Kerstin Junker
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 75, No 4 | a108 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v75i4.108 | © 2008 Wilmien J. Luus-Powell, Antoinette Jooste, Kerstin Junker | This work is licensed under CC Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0
Submitted: 10 September 2008 | Published: 10 September 2008

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Wilmien J. Luus-Powell,
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Abstract

During parasitological field surveys of freshwater fish, sebekiid and subtriquetrid pentastome larvae were recovered from the body cavity or swim bladder of several fish species from various localities in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces, South Africa. Sebekia wedli was recovered from the body cavity of Marcusenius macrolepidotus (Mormyridae) from Flag Boshielo Dam, Limpopo Province, and Alofia sp. and Subtriquetra rileyi were found in the swim bladder of Oreochromis mossambicus (Cichlidae) from the Phalaborwa Barrage, Limpopo Province. The latter species was also collected from the swim bladder of O. mossambicus in dams in the Phalaborwa region and the Ga-Selati River, Limpopo Province. A single specimen of Sebekia okavangoensis was present in the body cavity of Clarias gariepinus (Clariidae) in a dam on a sugarcane farm in the Komatipoort region, Mpumalanga Province. Pentastomid infections in the Mormyridae and Clariidae represent new host records.

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