Journal of
Cell and Animal Biology

  • Abbreviation: J. Cell Anim. Biol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0867
  • DOI: 10.5897/JCAB
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 261

Full Length Research Paper

An epizootic of Ichthyophthiriasis among fishes in Armand River, Iran

Mehdi Raissy1*, Mahsa Ansari2, Manouchehr Moumeni3, Mohammad Ali Goudarzi1, Hamid Reza Sohrabi1 and Mojtaba Rashedi1
1Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Islamic Azad University-Shahrekord Branch, Shahrekord, Iran. 2Young Researchers Club, Islamic Azad University-Shahrekord Branch, Shahrekord, Iran. 3Fishery Research Center, Islamic Azad University-Shahrekord Branch, Shahrekord, Iran.
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  •  Accepted: 03 September 2010
  •  Published: 31 October 2010


Ichthyophthirius multifiliis is one of the most important ciliated protozoan parasites of freshwater fish and has been frequently reported from different fish species from Iran and other parts of the world. The parasite regularly is found in skin and gills with high lesions especially in gills and may result to death by disturbance of osmoregulation.The current study was done in spring and summer 2010 as a part of study of parasitic fauna of fish from Armand River. A total of 100 fish were caught from the river and were transported to the fishery laboratory, Islamic Azad University of Shahrekord, alive. Fishes were studied for parasitic infestation after anesthesia and62 fish of totally 100 studied fish were infected to I. multifiliis. The highest infection rate was observed in Capoeta damascina (33%) and the lowest was in Glyptothorax silviae (1%). High infection of I. multifiliis in native fishes will be accompanied with high lesions in fish.


Key words: Fish parasite, Armand River, Ichthyophthirius multifiliis.