Revista Brasileira de Biologia
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PAVANELLI, G. C. and TAKEMOTO, R. M.. Aspects of the ecology of proteocephalid cestodes, parasites of Sorubim lima (Pimelodidae), of the upper Paraná River, Brazil: II. Interspecific associations and distribution of gastrintestinal parasites. Rev. Bras. Biol. [online]. 2000, vol.60, n.4, pp. 585-590. ISSN 0034-7108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-71082000000400007.
One hundred and seven specimens of Sorubim lima (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) were collected in the floodplain of the upper Paraná River, Brazil between March 1992 and February 1996. Ninety-five specimens (88.78%) were parasited by at least a species of proteocephalid cestode. 7,573 parasites specimens of four different species were collected (average intensity 79.71 parasites/host): Paramonticellia itaipuensis Pavanelli & Rego, 1991; Nupelia portoriquensis Pavanelli & Rego, 1991; Spatulifer maringaensis Pavanelli & Rego, 1989 and Spasskyellina spinulifera (Woodland, 1935). The two most prevalent species, Spatulifer maringaensis and Paramonticellia itaipuensis, were parasiting the entire gastrointestinal tract. Nupelia portoriquensis parasited only the anterior and posterior intestine of the host.
Keywords : ecology; interspecific associations; gastrointestinal distribution; Sorubim lima; Proteocephalids; upper Paraná River; Brazil.