Parasite Survey in Rastrelliger brachysoma (Short Mackerel) from Selected Fish Markets in Zamboanga City, Philippines

2021 Jordan Journal of Biological Sciences  
Rastrelliger brachysoma (short mackerel) or locally known as kabalyas is one of the most commercially important small pelagic fish because of its low price in the market and a good source of protein. However, like other fish, R. brachysoma are also prone to parasites. Thus, this study aimed to conduct a parasite survey in R. brachysoma sold in selected public markets in Zamboanga City. This study provides a baseline data about parasites in R. brachysoma and promote public health awareness with
more » ... he locals in Zamboanga City. The researcher collected a total of 60 R. brachysoma using purposive sampling. In the laboratory, gills, stomach and intestines were removed from the samples and subjected for microscopic examination. Images were taken and used for identification of parasites and verified by experts. Prevalence and mean intensity were computed for parasites. There were eight genera, and three of which were identified to the species level. Among which, the most prevalent were Dermocystidium sp. and Amyloodinium sp. while Cryptocaryon irritans, Schistosoma sp. and Echinorhynchus sp. were least prevalent. In terms of intensity, Dermocystidium sp. has the highest mean intensity while Schistosoma sp. has the lowest mean intensity.
doi:10.54319/jjbs/140305 fatcat:afar3rdrnbg6rj5g5ok6isf2xu