alexa Flesh parasites of fish from central Philippine waters
Geology & Earth Science

Geology & Earth Science

Journal of Oceanography and Marine Research

Author(s): F Petersen, Harry W Palm, Heino Mller, MA Cuzi

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In April 1990, 488 marine fish, belonging to 30 species from central Philippine waters, were investigated macroscopically for the occurrence of parasites in their flesh and for anisakid nematodes in their body cavity. Twenty-four fish were found to be infected by 1 of 4 different types of parasites. Unidentified Microspora were found in 4 host species from different families. Plerocercoids of the trypanorhynchid cestode Otobothrium penetrans occurred in the flesh of hemirhamphids and belonids only. Adult nematodes of the genus Philometra were found in the garfish Tylosurus crocodilus. The only parasite found which might be transferable to warm-blooded animals was the L-III stage of Anisakis sp. from the body cavity and the muscle of Muraenesox cinereus. The risk of human infections by parasites through consumption of raw marine fish in the central Philippines therefore is considered to be low. Discover the world's research

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This article was published in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms and referenced in Journal of Oceanography and Marine Research

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