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Biodiversity and spatial structure of metazoan parasite communities of fishes from the Sapucaí-Mirim River, Southeastern Brazil

Grant number: 15/11542-4
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 30, 2015
Effective date (End): October 29, 2015
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Fishery Resources and Fishery Engineering - Inland Water Fishery Resources
Principal researcher:Reinaldo José da Silva
Grantee:Aline Cristina Zago
Supervisor abroad: Juan Antonio Balbuena Diaz-Pines
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IBB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Botucatu. Botucatu , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universitat de València, Spain  
Associated to the scholarship:11/23588-8 - Biodiversity of helminth parasites of fishes from the Sapucaí-Mirim River, São Paulo State, Brazil, BP.DR


Parasites were recently recognized as important components of the global biodiversity, because of the important roles played by these organisms in natural ecosystems. In Brazil, there are several studies about the occurrence of parasites in various fish species. However, most of them refer only to taxonomic aspects and/or have few quantitative and ecological data on parasite communities, such as the aspects that may affect the parasite fauna of these fishes, as site of collection and relations with biotic and abiotic factors. Thus, the aim of this project is to conduct a study of biodiversity and spatial structure of helminth parasite communities of fishes from the Sapucaí-Mirim River, Southeastern Brazil. Eighteen native fish species belonging to four orders (Characiformes, Gymnotiformes, Siluriformes, and Perciformes) were collected in eight points along the Sapucaí-Mirim River, São Paulo State, Brazil, in an area under the influence of Small Hydroelectric Power Plants (Palmeiras, Anhanguera, and Retiro). Samples were collected in different seasons (dry and rainy seasons) during the period of two years (2012 and 2013). Patterns of similarity between parasite infracommunities will be first examined by means of non-metric multidimensional scaling. Generalized lineal mixed models will be used to identify the set of biotic and abitotic factors that best explain parasite community richness and diversity. Similarly the influence of biotic and abiotic variables on parasite abundance data will be evaluated.

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ZAGO, ALINE CRISTINA; FRANCESCHINI, LIDIANE; ABDALLAH, VANESSA DORO; MULLER, MARIA ISABEL; AZEVEDO, RODNEY KOZLOWISKI; DA SILVA, REINALDO JOSE. orphological and molecular data of new species of Characithecium and Diaphorocleidus (Monogenea: Dactylogyridae) from Neotropical characid fishe. Parasitology International, v. 84, OCT 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
ZAGO, ALINE CRISTINA; YAMADA, FABIO HIDEKI; DE OLIVEIRA FADEL YAMADA, PRISCILLA; FRANCESCHINI, LIDIANE; BONGIOVANI, MARCELA FONTES; DA SILVA, REINALDO JOSE. Seven new species ofUrocleidoides(Monogenea: Dactylogyridae) from Brazilian fishes supported by morphological and molecular data. Parasitology Research, v. 119, n. 10 AUG 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
FRANCESCHINI, L.; ACOSTA, A. A.; ZAGO, A. C.; MUELLER, M. I.; DA SILVA, R. J. Trinigyrus spp. (Monogenea: Dactylogyridae) from Brazilian catfishes: new species, molecular data and new morphological contributions to the genus. JOURNAL OF HELMINTHOLOGY, v. 94, 2020. Web of Science Citations: 2.
ZAGO, ALINE CRISTINA; FRANCESCHINI, LIDIANE; MULLER, MARIA ISABEL; DA SILVA, REINALDO JOSE. A new species of Cacatuocotyle (Monogenea, Dactylogyridae) parasitizing Astyanax spp. (Characiformes, Characidae) from Brazil, including molecular data and a key to species identification. ACTA PARASITOLOGICA, v. 63, n. 2, p. 261-269, JUN 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
ALINE C. ZAGO; FÁBIO H. YAMADA; LIDIANE FRANCESCHINI; MARCELA F. BONGIOVANI; PRISCILLA O.F. YAMADA; REINALDO J. DA SILVA. A new species of Tereancistrum (Monogenea, Dactylogyridae) from the gills of three Leporinus species (Characiformes, Anostomidae) and a revised description of Tereancistrum parvus. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, n. ahead, p. 0-0, 2017.

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