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Studies on cestode parasites of freshwater fishes in the Madhepura region of the River Kosi

Amrita Kumari, Kumar Ramashankar & Arun Kumar*
University Department of Zoology, B.N.M. University, Madhepura, Bihar, India
Received : 26th June, 2021 ; Revised : 03rd August, 2021

Abstract– Fishes are relished by the people of Madhepura district as they are easily available in river Kosi. Though abundant, infestations by parasite greatly hamper the growth as well as yield of fishes. Parasites of fishes are categorized into 3 categories, Nematodes, Trematodes and Cestodes. Major nematodes include Capillaria pterophylli which infects Cichlids (e.g. tilapia). Trematodes are blood and tissue flukes infect fishes like Wallgo attu, Channa punctatus etc. Cestodes are segmented tapeworms that infect Silurians. Fishes used were preserved in 10% and 40% formalin and after cutting them open the parasites were identified and classified.

Key words: Cichlids, Nematodes, Trematodes, Cestods, Parasite,Silurian,etc.

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