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Direct Research Journals
Vol.4 (12), pp. 361-373, December 2016
2354-4147: International Standard Journal Number (ISJN) e-ISJN: A4372-2604

Endoparasites of oreochromis niloticus and clarias gariepinus found in Utako flowing gutter
Article Number: DRJA293117601

Original Research Article


Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria.

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date Received: November 2, 2016     date Accepted: December 6, 2016     date Published: December 20, 2016


A prevalence study on the endoparasites of Clarias gariepinus and Oreochromis niloticus in Utako flowing gutter was conducted using standard parasitological methods. A total of 60 Clarias gariepinus and 60 Oreochromis niloticus were examined for Endoparasites. Of the total number of Clarias gariepinus examined, 21(35%) were infected with endoparasites which includes:Nematodes  (Polyonchobothrium latum) with  percentage prevalence of 4(6.67%) and Cestodes  (Diphyllobothrium latum and Procamallanus spp), with a percentage prevalence of 8(13.33%) and (16.67%) respectively. While of the total number of Oreochromis niloticus examined, 14(23.33%) were infected with Endoparasites which consists of only Cestodes (Diphyllobothrium latum) with percentage prevalence of 14(23.33%). There was however no significant difference between the prevalence of infection and sex, length and weight of fishes examined.

Key words: Utako, Clarias gariepinus and Oreochromis niloticus, Nematodes