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2013 (Vol. 2, Issue: 3)
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Parasitic Copepods (Arthropoda, Crustacea, Copepoda) from Fishes in Burkina Faso, Africa

Magloire Boungou, Yamba Sinaré, Komandan Mano and Gustave B. Kabré
Corresponding Author:  Magloire Boungou 

Key words:  Burkina Faso, Copepods, freshwater fish, gills, parasites, West Africa,
Vol. 2 , (3): 58-64
Submitted Accepted Published
June 28,2013 July 25, 2013 October 20, 2013

We investigated parasitic copepods from fishes in Burkina Faso in order to evaluate new trend in the geographical distribution of fish parasites. From all the parasites that were present in the fishes we investigated, we have found three species groups of copepods, each belonging to a distinct genus: Dysphorus torquatus, Lernaeogiraffa heterotidicola, parasites of Heterotis niloticus, (Osteoglossidae) and Lamproglena monodi parasite of Oreochromis niloticus (Cichlidae). Although most of the copepods appear to be tolerated by their hosts, these species pose a threat to fish farms. Their location preference on the gill arch bone and gill filaments causes these parasites to be of great interest with regard to mechanical damage and the negative physiological consequences they inflict. It is arguable that the parasite copepods collected and studied are potential pathogens as shown by their high intensity of development and their large size.
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Magloire Boungou, Yamba Sinaré, Komandan Mano and Gustave B. Kabré, 2013. Parasitic Copepods (Arthropoda, Crustacea, Copepoda) from Fishes in Burkina Faso, Africa.  International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 2(3): 58-64.
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