Infection of Henneguya sp. on the gills of Metynnis lippincottianus from Curiaú River, in eastern Amazon region (Brazil)

Infecção de Henneguya sp. nas brânquias de Metynnis lippincottianus do rio Curiaú, na region da Amazônia oriental (Brasil)

Abthyllane Amaral de Carvalho Marcela Nunes Videira Luana Silva Bittencourt Priscila Gomes de Araújo Roger Leomar da Silva Ferreira José Carlos Tavares Edilson Rodrigues Matos About the authors

Abstract

Infection of fish gills by Henneguya causes greater contact between the secondary gill lamellae, thereby giving rise to decreased absorption surface area at the end of the filaments. This ectoparasite can cause damages on the gills infected fish. In the present study, fresh gills of Metynnis lippincottianus were analyzed using optical microscopy techniques. The myxoporean Henneguya sp. was found to be infecting 80% of the gills of this host fish. Presence of this parasite caused hyperplasia and fusion of the gill lamellae, but without inflammation in the parasitized organ.

Keywords:
Myxosporea; fish; parasitosis

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