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Raphidascaris Larvae (Nematoda: Anisakidae) in Marine Fish Mugil cephalus Linn., 1758 from Karachi Coast, Pakistan

Raphidascaris Larvae (Nematoda: Anisakidae) in Marine Fish Mugil cephalus Linn., 1758 from Karachi Coast, Pakistan

Faiza Saleem1, Aly Khan2*, Rafia Rehana Ghazi3, Nasira Khatoon1, Samina Waheed1, Mian Sayed Khan4

1Department of Zoology, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan; 2CDRI, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan; 3VPCI, Southern Zone Agriculture Research Council, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan; 4Department of Zoology, University of Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

 
*Correspondence | Aly Khan, CDRI, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan; Email: aly.khan@hotmail.com

ABSTRACT

Nematodes of the genus Raphidascaris were studied from the small intestine and stomach tissue of Mugil cephalus Linn., 1758 from Karachi coast, Pakistan. The small intestine of the fish was severely infected with Raphidascaris larvae. On the average 40 to 48 percent of the larvae found were alive. Five thousand worms in just 4 fish can be very harmful and may lead to further decline in the population of host fish.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 54, Iss. 5, Pages 2003-2500

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