Late summer myxozoan infra- and component communities parasitizing 73 Notropis hudsonius at 5 sites on the St. Lawrence River upstream and downstream from the island of Montreal are described from study of histological sections of individual fish. Community membership included Myxobolus sp. A (intracellular in striated muscle fibers), Myxobolus sp. B (intracellular in striated muscle fibers), Myxobolus sp. C (brain), and Thelohanellus notatus (Mavor, 1916) Kudo, 1929 (loose connective tissue), all of which are histozoic myxobolids displaying strict tissue specificity for trophozoite development. Mean infracommunity richness in fish at the separate localities was estimated to be 0.4 ± 0.5 to 1.3 ± 0.7, with a maximum richness of 3 in any 1 fish. Component community richness in host samples was 2 to 4. It is argued that these are relatively high levels of diversity for freshwater fish parasites but that the values are probably conservative because of the study of only portions of individual fish. The percentage of fish infected with myxozoans of any species and infracommunity richness was significantly greater below the island of Montreal compared with above it. It is suspected that increased oligochaete populations at these sites, resulting from sewage-caused organic enrichment of sediments, may have accounted for the observed increased prevalence of infection.
MYXOZOAN COMMUNITIES PARASITIZING NOTROPIS HUDSONIUS (CYPRINIDAE) AT SELECTED LOCALITIES ON THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER, QUEBEC: POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF URBAN EFFLUENTS
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David J. Marcogliese, David K. Cone; MYXOZOAN COMMUNITIES PARASITIZING NOTROPIS HUDSONIUS (CYPRINIDAE) AT SELECTED LOCALITIES ON THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER, QUEBEC: POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF URBAN EFFLUENTS. J Parasitol 1 October 2001; 87 (5): 951–956. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2001)087[0951:MCPNHC]2.0.CO;2
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