Novel and known myxobolids (Cnidaria, Myxozoa) infecting Chondrostoma angorense (Cypriniformes: Leuciscidae) in Turkey

PEKMEZCİ G. Z., Atkinson S. D., Yardımcı B., Bölükbaş C. S., Özpiçak M., Yılmaz S.

PARASITOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, vol.83, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 83
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.parint.2021.102339
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: Myxospore, Taxonomy, Myxobolus arrabonensis, Myxobolus polati sp, nov, ssrDNA sequencing, Ankara nase, N. SP MYXOSPOREA, MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION, BUTSCHLI, SPP., CYPRINIDAE, TELEOSTEI, FISHES, GILL, L., REDESCRIPTION
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


Turkey has more than 200 endemic freshwater fish species, one of which is the Ankara nase, Chondrostoma angorense Elvira, 1987 (Cypriniformes: Leuciscidae), a food fish in northern Turkey. Like most endemic fish species in Turkey, its myxosporean parasite fauna (Cnidaria: Myxosporea) are not yet described. We surveyed twenty C. angorense from Ladik Lake in northern Turkey, and identified two myxosporean parasites from gills of these fish: Myxobolus arrabonensis Cech, Borz ' ak, Moln ' ar, Sze ' kely, 2015, and a co-infection of a novel species, Myxobolus polati sp. nov. We characterized both infections based on myxospore morphology, morphometry, tissue tropism, small subunit ribosomal DNA sequence and phylogenetic analysis. Plasmodia of both species were observed in gills, but had distinct tropism: M. arrabonensis is an intrafilamental vascular type, and M. polati sp. nov. is an intralamellar vascular type. We identified M. arrabonensis on the basis of myxospore characters and 100% similarity to the type DNA sequence from the closely-related host C. nasus. The small subunit ribosomal DNA sequence of M. polati sp. nov. (1946 base pairs; GenBank Accession number MH392318) had a maximum similarity of 98% with any Myxobolus sp. from other Eurasian cypriniforms. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that M. polati sp. nov. is most closely related to gill-infecting Myxobolus diversicapsularis from Rutilus rutilus (L.). The present study is the first record of myxosporean species infecting C. angorense comprising a novel species, M. polati sp. nov. and a known species M. arrabonensis.