Metazoan parasite community of Capoeta damascina (Valenciennes in Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1842), Tigris Basin, Mesopotamian region- a checklist

Document Type : Scientific report


1 Department of Aquatic Animal Disease, School of Veterinary Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran

2 Ph.D. Student in Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, School of Natural Resources, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran


In this paper, the metazoan parasite community system of Capoeta damascina in the Tigris basin (Mesopotamian region) in the Middle-East is presented. Overall, 54 species have been identified. Between 2005 and 2008, Iranian surveys of Capoeta damascina found a total of 47 metazoan parasites species, most identified to species level. In addition, 6 parasite species from Iraq and 1 species from occupied Palestine have been reported. Among these, 16 species belong to Monogenea (30%), including Dactylogyrus 9, Gyrodactylus 4, Paradiplozoon 1 and Dogielius 2 species. The remaining 70% belong to: Cestoda (7.4%) including Ligula, spp Caryophyllaeus and Coelobothrium 1 species each; Crustacea (5.55%) comprising Lernaea, Argulus Ergasilus 1 species each; Digenea (11.11%) containing Allocreadium spp, Diplostomum, Clinostomum tylodelphis, 1 species each; Acanthocephala (5.55%) 3 species; Nematoda (14%) 8 species; Myxozoa (18%) including Myxobolus with 9 species, Myxidium with 1 species and, Hirudinea 3 species; and at last, Bivalva, Unio as 1 species.