Open Veterinary Journal

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First report of blood parasites in fishes from Kashmir and their effect on the haematological profile

N. Shahi1,*, A.R. Yousuf1, M.I. Rather2, F. Ahmad3 and T. Yaseen2

1Centre of Research for Development, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India

2Department of Environmental Science, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India

3Department of Zoology, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India

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Abstract

Cyprinus carpio communis Linnaeus, Carassius carassius Linnaeus, Schizothorax curvifrons Heckel and Triplophysa marmorata species of fishes were captured from Anchar Lake and river Jhelum of Kashmir Himalaya for hematological and parasitological analysis. During the investigation haemoflagellates from the genus Babesiosoma and Trypanosoma were recorded in the blood smears. Trypanosomes were present in all the species except C. carpio, whereas Babesiosoma were only found in T. marmorata. Haematological analysis revealed a significant (p<0.01) reduction in red blood cell count in the fishes infected with Babesiosoma and Trypanosoma. A significant decrease (p<0.05) was recorded in haemoglobin value and packed cell volume in the infected fishes in comparison to the non-infected fishes.

Keywords: Trypanosoma mukasai, Babesiosoma, Fish parasites, Hematology, Kashmir waters.

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Cite this paper:

Shahi, N., Yousuf, A.R., Rather, M.I., Ahmad, F. and Yaseen, T. 2013. First report of blood parasites in fishes from Kashmir and their effect on the haematological profile. Open Vet. J. 3(2), 89-95.