Identification of Thaparocleidus caecus (Mizelle & Kritsky, 1969) (Monogenea: Dactylogyridae) using morphological and molecular tools: a parasite invasion in Indian freshwater.
The freshwater iridescent shark, Pangasianodon hypophthalmus (previously Pangasius sutchi) (Pangasiidae), was found in fish markets in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India. Parasitological examination of P. hypophthalmus revealed the presence of a non-native monogenean parasite (genus Thaparocleidus) found on gill filaments. Initial morphology and morphometrics of the parasite showed characteristics of Thaparocleidus caecus, known from Southeast Asia. Genetic analyses of the partial 28S rDNA confirmed the parasite as the first record of T. caecus in India provided.