RECORDING OF FIVE MONOGENETIC TREMATODES FOR THE FIRST TIME FROM FISHES OF IRAQ

Abstract

SUMMARY A total of 589 fishes, belonging to 23 species were collected from eight different localities in north and mid Iraq during 1993. The parasitological inspection of such fishes revealed the presence of 59 parasite species and two fungi. Among such parasites, five monogenetic trematodes were recorded on the gills of some fishes for the first time in Iraq. These included:- Ancyrocephalus vanbenedenii on Liza abu from Tigris river at Al-Zaafaraniya, south of Baghdad; Dactylogyrus anchoratus on Cyprinus carpio from Tigris river at Al – Zaafaranya D. minutus on C. carpio from both Tigris river at Al-Zaafaraniya and Euphrates river at Al-Qadisiya dam lake; Discocotyle sagittata on L. abu from both the drainage system at Al-Madaen district, south of Baghdad and Euphrates river at Al-Qadisiya dam lake and Ancylodiscoides gomitus on Silurus triostegus from Tigris river at Al-Zaafaraniya.