Prevalence of helminth parasites infecting Mastacembelus armatus (Lacep├Ęde, 1800) from different rivers of Mizoram, northeast India


The study deals with the prevalence of helminth parasites in Mastacembelus armatus, a spiny eel, collected from the rivers of Mizoram. The study gives the first overview on the helminth community infecting M. armatus in the rivers of Mizoram and reveals the presence of nematode, cestode and trematode. The cestodes recovered belongs to the genus Senga sp. and Bothriocephalus sp. whereas the nematode belong to the genus Spinitectus sp., Neocamallanus sp., Capillaria sp. and Eustrongylides sp. and the trematode Clinostomum sp. Nematode was found to be the most predominant parasitic group followed by cestode and the trematode respectively. The Tuikum and Tuirial rivers flowing near the garbage dumping ground show the maximum diversity with all the three group of parasites present. Among the helminth parasite recovered the nematode Capillaria sp. and the trematode Clinostomum sp. are both considered potential zoonoses.

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