First Record of Kuhnia scombri (Monogenea: Mazocraeidae) on the Gills of Mackerel Scomber scombrus in Syria

Shade Gnede * (1), Mohamad Hassan (1) and Amal Dayoub(2)

(1).Faculty of Agriculture, Animal Production Department, Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria.

(2).Department of Environmental Protection, Higher Institute for Environmental Research, Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria.

(*Corresponding author: Shade Gnede. E-Mail

Received: 21/12/2021       Accepted: 1/04/2022


This study was aimed to investigating the fauna of Monogenea in Scomber scombrus fished from Syrian marine waters (fishing port of Jableh and Lattakia) between July 2020 and July 2021. The number of samples reached to 224. Examination samples showed that S. scombrus was infected with the blood-sucking parasite Kuhnia scombri during, March, April and June, with an intensity rate 1.5 parasites/fish, and a prevalence rate 4.46%, where the number of fish infected with the parasite reached to 10 fish and the number of fish infected with the parasite was 15 individuals. This is the first record of K. scombri on the gills of S. scombrus in Syrian marine waters.

Key-words: Scomber scombrus– Parasites-Monogenea- Kuhnia scombri– Syrian marine waters.

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