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1 June 2003 HOST SPECIFICITY AND POPULATION STRUCTURE OF TWO EXOTIC HELMINTHS, CAMALLANUS COTTI (NEMATODA) AND BOTHRIOCEPHALUS ACHEILOGNATHI (CESTODA), PARASITIZING EXOTIC FISHES IN WAIANU STREAM, O‘AHU, HAWAI'I
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Introduction of exotic fishes into Hawai'ian streams has resulted in the simultaneous introduction of exotic parasites. Camallanus cotti (Nematoda) and Bothriocephalus acheilognathi (Cestoda) are the most prevalent and abundant fish helminths in Hawai'ian streams. The population structure and host specificity of C. cotti and B. acheilognathi in exotic poeciliids were examined during May and June 1995 in Waianu Stream, O‘ahu, Hawai'i. Prevalence and mean abundance of C. cotti were significantly different among Poecilia reticulata (65.2%, 1.05), Poecilia mexicana (49.0%, 0.87), and Xiphophorus helleri (32.3%, 0.44). Prevalence of B. acheilognathi was significantly higher in P. mexicana (6.1%) than in P. reticulata (2.1%) and X. helleri (1.6%). However, tapeworm differences in mean abundance were not significant among P. mexicana (0.08), P. reticulata (0.04), or X. helleri (0.03). Nematode and tapeworm prevalence and mean abundance were not significantly different with regard to fish sex. Camallanus cotti prevalence and mean abundance increased as P. mexicana body size increased (r2 = 0.84 and r2 = 0.72, respectively), whereas B. acheilognathi displayed no significant trend with respect to poeciliid body size.

Amanda G. Vincent and William F. Font "HOST SPECIFICITY AND POPULATION STRUCTURE OF TWO EXOTIC HELMINTHS, CAMALLANUS COTTI (NEMATODA) AND BOTHRIOCEPHALUS ACHEILOGNATHI (CESTODA), PARASITIZING EXOTIC FISHES IN WAIANU STREAM, O‘AHU, HAWAI'I," Journal of Parasitology 89(3), 540-544, (1 June 2003). https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2003)089[0540:HSAPSO]2.0.CO;2
Received: 26 July 2002; Accepted: 1 October 2002; Published: 1 June 2003
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