Larvae and adults of Hysterothylacium aduncum (Rudolphi, 1802) (Nematoda: Anisakidae) in fishes and crustaceans in the south west Atlantic

Parasite. 1998 Jun;5(2):127-36. doi: 10.1051/parasite/1998052127.


Hysterothylacium aduncum (Rudolphi, 1802) is reported from five fishes and one invertebrate species. Third-stage larvae were found in the crustacean Themisto gaudichaudii and in mesenteries of the fishes Engraulis anchoita and Merluccius hubbsi; fourth-stage larvae were recovered from the digestive tract of M. hubbsi and Scomber japonicus and adult specimens were obtained from the stomach and intestine of M. hubbsi, S. japonicus, Genypterus blacodes and Genypterus brasiliensis. Nematodes are described, measured and illustrated. Parasitic prevalence, mean intensity and range were calculated in relation to different geographic zones, from the Argentinean-Uruguayan Common Fishing Zone to Patagonic areas. An increase of parasitism from the northern areas southwards was observed. The life-cycle of H. aduncum, involving the host species considered, is also postulated.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Argentina / epidemiology
  • Ascaridida Infections / epidemiology
  • Ascaridida Infections / parasitology
  • Ascaridida Infections / veterinary*
  • Ascaridoidea / anatomy & histology*
  • Ascaridoidea / growth & development
  • Ascaridoidea / isolation & purification
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Crustacea / parasitology*
  • Digestive System / parasitology
  • Female
  • Fish Diseases / epidemiology
  • Fish Diseases / parasitology*
  • Fishes
  • Larva / anatomy & histology
  • Male
  • Mesentery / parasitology
  • Prevalence