Monogenean infestation of Schizothorax esocinus and its relation with size and sex of the host, with seasonal dynamics of parasitism
Shabir Ahmad Dar, Majidah Rashid, Ulfat Jan
During the investigation of the diversity of the monogenean parasites in freshwater fishes of Kashmir valley carried from December 2010 to November 2012, 87 specimens (n=87) of Schizothorax esocinus were examined from three water bodies, Dal lake, Manasbal and River Jhelum. Two species of monogenean parasites viz.,Diplozoon kashmirensis Kaw, 1950 andGyrodactylus elegans indicus Tripathi, 1957 were reported with overall prevalence, mean intensity and abundance of 17.24%, 3.6 and 0.62 respectively. The infestation correlated with the seasonal changes and showed positive relation with size and negative relation with sex of the host.