Redescription of Henneguya chaudhuryi (Bajpai & Haldar, 1982) (Myxosporea: Myxobolidae), infecting the gills of the freshwater fish Channa punctata (Bloch) (Perciformes: Channidae) in India

Syst Parasitol. 2017 Mar;94(3):403-411. doi: 10.1007/s11230-017-9705-9. Epub 2017 Feb 11.


During a survey of myxosporean parasites of freshwater fishes in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh (UP), India, spores of Henneguya chaudhuryi (Bajpai & Haldar, 1982) were found in the gill lamellae of the spotted snakehead fish Channa punctata (Bloch) (Perciformes: Channidae). This species was described lacking several characteristics in the original description, which makes challenging the accurate diagnosis. Here, we supplemented its description based on morphological, histological and molecular data. Plasmodia of H. chaudhuryi are oval, measuring 60-100 × 40-68 µm, located intralamellarly. Mature spores are elongate, measuring 10.5-13.2 × 3.6-4.2 µm, with two slightly unequal polar capsules with 6-7 filamental turns and two straight, equal caudal appendages, 10-17 µm long. Scanning electron microscopy revealed a flat surface. The 18S rDNA sequence for H. chaudhuryi did not show a close relationship with those of any other Henneguya spp., represented in the GenBank.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Fresh Water
  • Gills / parasitology*
  • India
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Myxozoa / classification*
  • Myxozoa / genetics
  • Myxozoa / ultrastructure
  • Perciformes / parasitology*
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 18S / genetics
  • Species Specificity


  • RNA, Ribosomal, 18S