NEW RECORD OF TWO COPEPOD PARASITES FROM FRESH WATER FISHES OF SINDH, PAKISTAN

S. I. H. Jafri, M. A. Mahar

Abstract


A crustacean ectoparasite, Lamproglena chinensis, (Yu, 1937) (Copepoda: Lernaeidae) has been found attached on gill filaments of a fresh water fish, Channa striata (B1.), collected from Keenjhar lake (Distt. Thatta), Sindh. Three female speciemens with ovaries were examined. This parasite has earlier been reported from South East Asia (China, Japan and Thailand). The new record from Pakistan extends its distribution across the Indian peninsula. The fish lice, Argulus bengalensis (Ramakrishna, 1951) is recorded for the first time from Pakistan. The parasite was found on the body surface of a cyprinid fish, Cirrhinus reba (Baloch) from Manchhar lake (Distt. Dadu), Sindh. Five specimens, including males and females were studied. Males are slightly smaller than females in terms of carapace and abdominal lobes.


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