Volume 38 - Issue 4 - 319 - 324

The Dynamics of the Ligula intestinalis (Cestoda: Pseudophyllidea) in Three Cyprinid Species [Alburnus escherichii Steindachner, 1897; Gobio gobio (Linnaeus, 1758) and Squalius cephalus (Linnaeus, 1758)] in Çamkoru Pond

Pleurocercoids of the tapeworm Ligula intestinalis (Linnaeus, 1758) were recorded from three fish species [Squalius cephalus (Linnaeus, 1758), Alburnus escherichii Steindachner, 1897 and Gobio gobio (Linnaeus, 1758)] in Çamkoru Pond (Sakarya Basin-Turkey). This is the first record of L. intestinalis from G. gobio in Turkey. Infection prevelance is lower for S. cephalus (7.07%) and G. gobio (7.5%) when compared to A. escherichii (25.71%). The age composition of infected individuals of A. escherichii, G. gobio and S. cephalus, populations was as follows: III-VII; IV-V and I-II. The parasitisation index varied in A. escherichii between 0 and 18%, in G. gobio between 0 and 11.07% and in S. cephalus between 0 and 3.57%. The aim of this study is to compare dynamics of L. intestinalis pleurocercoids in three fish species of Çamkoru Pond. For this purpose; prevelance and intensity of infection, age and sex compositions of infected populations, seasonality of infection, the length and weight range of host species have been obtained and compared with other studies. 

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