Biological and Ecological Features of Poecilancistrum Sp. Plerocercoid (Cestoda: Trypanorhyncha) Infection of Arabian Sea Meager Argyrosomus heinii (Steindachner, 1907)
Sarah Al Jufaili*, Vladimir Machkevskyi, Sami Al Sulaimi, Redha Bait Faraj and Nashwa Al Mazrooei
Fishery Quality Control Center Ministry of Fisheries Wealth, P.O. Box 427, P.C. 100, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
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- Sarah Al Jufaili
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Wealth
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Received Date: February 03, 2014; Accepted Date: March 26, 2014; Published Date: April 10, 2014
Citation: Al Jufaili S, Machkevskyi V, Al Sulaimi S, Faraj RB, Al Mazrooei N (2014) Biological and Ecological Features of Poecilancistrum Sp. Plerocercoid (Cestoda: Trypanorhyncha) Infection of Arabian Sea Meager Argyrosomus heinii (Steindachner, 1907). J Aquac Res Development 5:227. doi:10.4172/2155-9546.1000227
Copyright: © 2014 Al Jufaili S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The Arabian Sea meager Argyrosomus heinii (Steindachner, 1907) is an endemic species of the family
Sciaenidae, whose geographical distribution range is limited to the Sea of Oman and Arabian Sea. Despite the economic importance of Sciaenidae fishes in other parts of the world, the biology of A. heinii off the Sultanate of Oman is poorly understood and until now there are no publications on their parasites. The present study is the first report of the occurrence of helminthes parasitizing musculature of A. heinii, which were identified as plerocercoids of cestoda belonging to the genus Poecilancistrum Dollfus, 1929 (Trypanorhyncha Diesing, 1863). This study describes infection indices of these parasites, their biological and ecological variations, and distribution of the plerocercoid cysts in the musculature of A. heinii specimens. The study was carried out in the three regions of the Arabian Sea off Southern coasts of the Sultanate of Oman.