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Print version ISSN 0074-0276On-line version ISSN 1678-8060

Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz vol.87 no.1 Rio de Janeiro Jan./Mar. 1992 

Kudoa sciaenae (Myxozoa: Multivalvulidae) cysts distribution in the somatic muscles of Stellifer minor (Tschudi, 1844) (Pisces: Sciaenidae)

Marcelo Oliva1 

Jose Luis Luque2 

Luz Teran2 

Leonardo Llican2 

Universidad de Antofagasta, Facultad de Recursos del Mar, Antofagasta, Chile

Universidad Ricardo Palma, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Laboratorio de Parasitologia, Lima, Perú


The distribution of Kudoa sciaenae cysts (Myxozoa), in terms of intensity and prevalence, in the somatic muscles of the sciaenid Stellifer minor, shows an apparent preference for the anterior body region, including the head. The observed preference seems to be a consequence of the differential distribution of muscle mass, in the defined area, because when density (cyst/g dry muscle), is considered, all the somatic areas, but not cephalic area, do no show significant differences in terms of mean intensity and prevalence.


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