SAMİ GÖKPINAR, GÖZDE NUR AKKUŞ, SİNEM AKDENİZ
Türkiye Parazitoloji Dergisi -
Objective: The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of parasitic infections in aquarium fish sold in local pet shops. METHODS: Totally 502 fish samples from 8 species were obtained from 7 pet shops. Native preparations were prepared from the gills, fins, skin, intestines, and internal organs of fish and examined under a light microscope. Results: It was detected at the end of the study that 62.7% of the fishes examined were infected with one or more parasite species. Among the fish examined, 28.9% were infected with a single parasite, whereas 33.9% were infected with mixed parasites. Chilodonella sp. identified as the most common species. Other species detected included Trichodina sp., Piscinoodinium sp., Ichthyobodo sp., Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, Apiosoma sp., Epistylis sp., Vorticella sp., Gyrodactylus sp., Dactylogyrus sp., Capillaria sp., Camallanus sp., metacercariae, and nematode larvae, Argulus sp., Philodina sp., Euchlanis sp., Aelosoma sp., and Tetrahymena. Conclusion: The importance of the present study is that highest number of parasite species were detected in aquarium fish sold in pet shops in Türkiye. The aquarium owners should pay attention to the cleanliness of the aquarium water in order to reduce the rate of parasitic infection in fish; when new fish are purchased, they should be taken from reliable sources, and the quarantine process should be observed.