ISSN: 1813-0410

Author : Ali J. Al-Saadi, Abid

Isolation and identification of Trichodina strelkovi Chan, 1961 for the first time in Iraq from gills of the mugilid fish Liza abu

Abid Ali J. Al-Saadi

journal of kerbala university, Volume 10, Issue 0, Pages 7-11

A total of 123 specimen of the mugilid fish Liza abu were collected from fish markets in Baghdad city during the period from November 2012 to the end of March 2013. The inspection of skin, fins and gills revealed the infection of these fishes with three species of ciliated protozoans belonging to the genus Trichodina. These species included T. cottidarum, T. gracilis and T. strelkovi with prevalence infection of 11.3%, 6.5% and. 9.7%, respectively. Among these parasites, T. strelkovi Chan, 1961 is reported here for the first time in Iraq and hence number of Trichodina species, so far recorded in Iraq, reached 20 species. In addition, L. abu is considered as a new host in Iraq for T. gracilis.