Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2754

Full Length Research Paper

An investigation on Argulus foliaceus infection of rudd, Scardinius erythrophthalmus in Lake Manyas, Turkey

    M. O. Öztürk
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Literature, Afyon Kocatepe University, 03200 Afyon, Turkey
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 11 November 2010
  •  Published: 31 December 2010




In this study, Argulus foliaceus L. (Crustacea: Branchiura) infection of one cyprinid fish species, rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus) in Lake Manyas, Turkey was examined on the basis of samples taken from on-site surveys carried out between December 1996 and November 1998. Of the 135 S. erythrophthalmus examined, 32 (23.7%) was infected with A. foliaceus. The distribution on microhabitat locality of A. foliaceus was found to be as follows: 3%, 3.2 ± 0.5 specimens/fish on oral cavity; 6%, 4.9 ± 0.5 on the gills; 6%, 5.9 ± 0.9 on the fins and 6%, 8.9 ± 1.5 on the skin. However, it was not a statistically meaningful differences among the microhabitat locality (P > 0.05). Moreover in this study, A. foliaceus infection was investigated depending on the years, and seasons, and host fish size.


Key words: ArgulusCyprinus, Lake Manyas, Scardinius erythrophthalmus.