Study of Helminthes in Glyptothorax kurdistanicus (Actinopterygii: Sisoridae) in Greater Zab and Lesser Zab Rivers, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

  • Younis S. Abdullah Medical Laboratory Dept., Technical College of Health, Sulaimani Polytechnic University, Sulimaniah, Iraq
  • Samir J. Bilal Fish Resource and Aquatic Animal Dept., College of Agriculture, Salahaddin University-Erbil, Iraq *Biology Dept., Faculty of Education , Ishik University, Erbil, Iraq
  • Shwan K. Rahman Dept. of Biology , College of Education, Salahaddin University-Erbil, Iraq
  • Shamall M. A. Abdullah Dept. of Fish Resource and Aquatic Animal , College of Agriculture, Salahaddin University-Erbil, Iraq
Keywords: Helminthes, G. kurdistanicus, Fish, Greater Zab, Lesser Zab.


         During April 2017 to the end of September 2017, a total of 34 Glyptothorax kurdistanicus were captured from Greater Zab River near Aski-Kalak Town, south east of Erbil City and some watersheds of Sharbazher area northeast of Sulaimani City, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. The study revealed the existence of five species of helminthes including two species of metacercaria of trematodes (Clinostomum complanatum, Diplostomum spathaceum), one species of cestode (Ligula intestinalis), one species of nematode (Procamallanus viviparous), and one species of acanthocephalan (Pomphoryhnchus spindletrucatus). Glyptothorax kurdistanicus in the present study is considered as a new host for all recorded parasitic helminthes in Iraq. Full description, prevalence and mean intensity of infection of these parasites were demonstrated in the present study.


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How to Cite
S. Abdullah, Y., S. J. Bilal, S. K. Rahman, and S. M. A. Abdullah. “Study of Helminthes in Glyptothorax Kurdistanicus (Actinopterygii: Sisoridae) in Greater Zab and Lesser Zab Rivers, Kurdistan Region, Iraq”. ZANCO Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences, Vol. 31, no. s4, Oct. 2019, pp. 131-7, doi:10.21271/zjpas.31.s4.21.