American Journal of Life Sciences
Volume 3, Issue 6-1, November 2015, Pages: 30-37
Received: Aug. 27, 2015;
Accepted: Sep. 13, 2015;
Published: Nov. 29, 2015
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Mohamed Arafa Adly, Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt
Mohamed Abdelaziz Ahmed Abd El-Galil, Fish Diseases and Management Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt
Fayza M. Soliman, Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt
Fatma El Zahraa A. A. Ahmed, Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt
The present study was planned to study the trichodinosis in the farmed freshwater fish Oreochromis niloticus and investigate the histopathological alterations on the skin and gills. The diseased fish had signs of irritation in the form of erratic swimming, swimming near borders, scratching against hard objects, detached scales, excessive and turbid mucus and ulcerations; and signs of asphyxia in the form of rapid operculum movement, surfacing and piping or gasping. Histopathological examination using light microscopy on the skin of O. niloticus with moderate trichodinosis infection revealed detachment of the epidermis and disarrangement of the collagen bundles in dermis. Heavy infections caused sloughing of the epidermis and the remaining dermis had disarranged collagen bundles and was infiltrated with melanin- carrying cells, forming a thick dark band. Scanning electron micrographs of infected skin surface showed cracked and irregular thickness of squamous epithelium at the whole surface with erosions and marked ulcerations. Histopathological examination using light microscopy on gills of O. niloticus with moderate trichodinosis infection revealed erosions in the epithelial lining cells of the secondary lamellae, causing thinning of their peripheral portions. Heavy infections caused hyperplasia and an intense lamellar epithelial lifting. Scanning electron micrographs of gill arches showed the gill filaments with irregular thickness at their whole lengths. Moreover, filamentary and lamellar surfaces were cracked, spotted and had small notches due to the crawling movement of the Trichodina parasites.
Mohamed Arafa Adly,
Mohamed Abdelaziz Ahmed Abd El-Galil,
Fayza M. Soliman,
Fatma El Zahraa A. A. Ahmed,
Histopathological Studies on Trichodinosis of Farmed Oreochromis niloticus, American Journal of Life Sciences. Special Issue: New Horizons in Basic and Applied Zoological Research.
Vol. 3, No. 6-1,
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