First report on the molecular characterization of Diaphorocleidus armillatus Jogunoori et al. 2004 (Monogenea: Dactylogyridae) infecting the gills of introduced fish, Gymnocorymbus ternetzi in India.
Acta Parasitol. 2016 Sep 1;61(3):639-44
Authors: Chaudhary A, Verma C, Singh HS
During an investigation of the diversity of monogenean parasites in Meerut, U.P., India, the exotic freshwater fish Gymnocorymbus ternetzi was found infected with the gill dactylogyrid species of Diaphorocleidus Jogunoori et al. 2004. Using morphological study, the present monogeneans were found similar in morphology of anchors, bars and male copulatory organ with D. armillatus Jogunoori et al. 2004. This is the first genetic characterization of D. armillatus based on the analysis of 18S ribosomal RNA sequence (1800 bp) and associated with morphological redescription. Our study suggests that more molecular investigation is required on Diaphorocleidus species for deducing correct phylogenetic position of D. armillatus.