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A new species of Procamallanus Baylis, 1923 (Nematoda, Camallanidae) from Astronotus ocellatus (Agassiz, 1831) (Perciformes, Cichlidae) in Brazil
expand article infoRaul Henrique da Silva Pinheiro§, Francisco Tiago de Vasconcelos Melo, Scott Monks|, Jeannie Nascimento dos Santos, Elane Guerreiro Giese§
‡ Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, Brazil
§ Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia, Belém, Brazil
| Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Pachuca, Mexico
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Abstract

A new species of Procamallanus Baylis, 1923 was found as a parasite of the fish Astronotus ocellatus (Agassiz, 1831) from a lake in the Jardim Botânico Bosque Rodrigues Alves, Belém, Brazil. Procamallanus spiculastriatus sp. n. has a smooth buccal capsule and a well-developed basal ring that is armed with four sclerotized tooth-like structures. The male of the new species is similar to the two species that are known from Brazilian fish, P. peraccuratus Pinto, Fábio, Noronha & Rolas, 1976, and P. annipetterae Kohn & Fernandes, 1988, by the absence of the gubernaculum. It differs from these two by the morphology of the buccal capsule, the number are arrangement of the caudal papillae in males, the size and morphology of the spicules and the shape of the tail of both sexes. Procamallanus spiculastriatus sp. n. is the third species discovered in fish from Brazil. This finding extends the geographical distribution of the genus into the Brazilian Amazon.

Keywords

Amazon, fish, helminth, nematode

Introduction

The genus Astronotus is comprised of two species, A. crassipinnis (Heckel, 1840) and A. ocellatus (Agassiz, 1831) (Perciformes: Cichlidae) (Kullander 2003; Froese and Pauly 2017). Astronotus ocellatus (known as Acaraú-açu; Apaiari; Oscar) is popular among aquarists, but it is not as popular for aquaculture because of its slow growth rate. Early attempts at cultivation were encouraged by the government in the early 1970s, but they were not successful they only succeeded in the introduction of the species into almost all of Brazil (Fontenele and Nepomuceno 1983). Because it is an introduced species, there has been little interest on studies of its parasites; to date, only three studies (Azevedo et al. 2007; Malta 1984; Neves et al. 2013) have included this species of fish.

Nematodes of the genus Procamallanus Baylis, 1923 (Camallanida, Procamallaninae) are predominately parasites of freshwater fish that are distributed over several zoogeographical regions (Moravec 1998; Hoffman 1999). Members of the genus are easily recognized by the presence of a buccal capsule that is strongly sclerotized, but without ridges (Baylis 1923; Moravec and Scholz 1991; Moravec and Thatcher 1997). Despite the importance of introduced species of fish as mechanisms of co-introduction of parasites into native populations (Bautista-Hernández et al. 2014), helminths of most of introduced species have not been studied. As part of an ongoing study of the helminths of vertebrates of eastern Brazil, samples of A. ocellatus were collected and necropsied. Procamallanin nematodes were found as parasites of these fish, but they could not be assigned to a known species; therefore, the new species is described herein.

Materials and methods

Forty specimens of A. ocellatus were collected from Iara Lake, at the Jardim Botânico Bosque Rodrigues Alves (1°25'49"S, 48°27'22"W), located in an urban area of the city of Belém, state of Pará, eastern Brazilian Amazon. Fish were collected during March to July 2015 with the aid of a casting net. Fish were transported alive to the Laboratório de Biologia Celular e Helmintologia “Profa. Dra. Reinalda Marisa Lanfredi”, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal do Pará-UFPA, for necropsy. Nematodes were collected, washed in phosphate-buffered saline, fixed in AFA solution (93 parts 70% ethanol, 5 parts formalin, and 2 parts glacial acetic acid) (Pritchard and Kruse 1982), and stored in 70% ethanol. For light microscopy, helminths were cleared in Amman’s lactophenol solution (Giese et al. 2009) and examined under an Olympus BX41 microscope with a drawing tube. Measurements are given in micrometers unless otherwise noted and are presented as the range (minimum and maximum values) followed by the mean in parentheses. For scanning electron microscopy (SEM), helminths were washed in phosphate-buffered saline with a pH of 7.0 (Sodium Phosphate Monobasic 3.12 g, Sodium Phosphate Dibasic 2.83 g, and 17 g Sodium Chloride in 200 ml of distilled water), post-fixed in 1% osmium tetroxide, dehydrated to the critical point using CO2, coated with gold+palladium, and studied using a scanning electron microscope (VEGA 3 LMU/TESCAN) in the Laboratório de Histologia e Embriologia Animal – Instituto da Saúde e Produção Animal – Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia – UFRA, campus Belém, state of Pará, Brazil. Type material was deposited in the Coleção de Invertebrados of the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (MPEG), Belém, Pará, Brazil. Other material examined included specimens of Procamallanus peraccuratus Pinto, Fábio, Noronha & Rolas, 1976, Coleção Helmintologica do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (CHIOC): females-16.747A-C, 16.759A-C, 31.082A, 31.083A-C; males-16.753B-D, 16.757A-B, 16.769A-C, 16.773B, 31.083A-B); Spirocamallanus inopinatus Travassos, Artigas & Pereira, 1928, CHIOC 31.315A-B, CHIOC 31.323A-B, CHIOC 31.324, CHIOC 31.325A-B, CHIOC 31.326A-B, CHIOC 31.327, CHIOC 31.328 and CHIOC 31.329; S. rarus Travassos, Artigas & Pereira, 1928, CHIOC 31.027A-B, CHIOC 31.328A-C; S. pexatus Pinto, Fabio, Noronha & Rolas, 1974, CHIOC 31.086A-D, CHIOC 31.087, CHIOC 31.088A-B, CHIOC 31.089A-B and 32.504A-B; S. paraensis Pinto, Fabio, Noronha & Rolas, 1976, CHIOC 31.342A-E; and S. saofranciscensis Moreira, Oliveira & Costa, 1994, CHIOC 37.857, CHIOC 37.858 and CHIOC 38.042.

Systematics

Family Camallanidae Railliet & Henry, 1915

Subfamily Camallaninae Railliet & Henry, 1915

Genus Procamallanus Baylis, 1923

Procamallanus spiculastriatus sp. n.

Figures 1, 2, 3

Material

Type specimens. Holotype male (MPEG 195), allotype female (MPEG 196), and four paratypes (MPEG 197; MPEG 198; MPEG 199; MPEG 200) were deposited in the Coleção de Invertebrados of the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (MPEG), Belém, Pará, Brazil.

Type host

Astronotus ocellatus (Agassiz) (Perciformes: Cichlidae). Average length = 24.7±2.6 cm; average weight = 331.8±96.3 g.

Type locality

Iará Lake, Jardim Botânico Bosque Rodrigues Alves (1°25'49"S, 48°27'22"W), Belém, Pará, Amazon Biome, Brazil.

Site in host

Mid-intestine.

Host-parasite data

Prevalence 55% (22 infected, 40 examined); Mean intensity = 14.8; Mean abundance = 8.5; Range = 1–59.

Etymology

The species name refers to the unique morphology of the spicules, which membranous alae that are supported by rays, giving them a striated appearance.

Description

[Based on 10 males, 11 females, 20 eggs (from allotype female), and 20 intrauterine larvae (from allotype female)] Medium-sized nematodes, red while alive and white after fixation. Cuticle with fine transverse striations. Oral opening circular, surrounded by three concentric circles with four papillae each, inner circle with six small pores at base proximal to oral opening, pair of small lateral amphids present (Figure 2a). Buccal capsule, orange-brown, barrel-shaped with a well-developed basal ring armed with four sclerotized tooth-like structures (Figs 1a, b, 2b). Inner surface of capsule smooth (Figure 1a, b) without ridges. Muscular esophagus somewhat shorter than glandular esophagus. Deirids minute, simple with rounded tip, situated between the buccal capsule and nerve ring (Figure 2c).

Figure 1. 

Procamallanus spiculastriatus sp. n., line drawings a adult male, anterior part of the body, lateral view b buccal capsule, lateral view c vulvar opening and vagina d tail of a female worm, lateral view e posterior end of a male worm and phasmids (arrowheads), ventral view f spicules, ventral view g distal part of spicules, ventral view h distal end of spicules, lateral view i larvae. Scale bars: 150 µm (a); 40 µm (b); 100 µm (c, d); 20 µm (e); f, 50 µm; 50 µm (g, h, i).

Figure 2. 

Procamallanus spiculastriatus sp. n., female, scanning electron microscopy. a oral opening, frontal view, three circles of cephalic papillae (a, b, c), amphid (am, arrowhead), pore-like structures (arrows) b oral opening, view of buccal capsule, two teeth are visible at the base of the basal ring (arrows) c deirid d excretory pore. Scale bars: 10 µm (a, b); 2 µm (c); 5 µm (d).

Males (based on holotype and 9 paratypes): body 8–11 (9) mm long; maximum width at esophageal/intestinal junction 105–147 (130). Buccal capsule including basal ring 57–74 (65) long and 32–39 (36) wide, basal ring 5–8 (6.5) long, 22–29 (26) wide. Maximum length/width ratio of buccal capsule 1:0.55. Deirids, nerve-ring and excretory pore at 91–119 (104), 156–188 (171) and 248–292 (263), respectively, from anterior extremity. Muscular portion of esophagus 316–395 (353) long and 42–53 (48) wide; glandular portion of esophagus 421–558 (470) long and 42–63 (51) wide. Muscular/glandular esophagus length ratio 1:1.3. Length of entire esophagus and buccal capsule 9–12% of body length. Posterior end of body ventrally curved, provided with wide caudal alae bearing six pairs of pedunculated papillae: three precloacal pairs and three postcloacal pairs (Figs 1e, 3a). Two pairs of adcloacal papillae. (Figs 1e, 3a). Two pairs of dorso-lateral sessile papillae, between cloaca and tip of tail present (Figure 3b). Caudal alae anteriorly interconnected, forming a pseudosucker, and not reaching tip of tail; a pair of phasmids located immediately posterior to the 6th pair of pedunculated papillae (Figs 1e, 3a). Spicules elongate and ventrally curved, with slightly sclerotized core; distal end of spicules with membranous alae supported by sclerotized rays (Figs 1e–h, 3b, c). Spicules with terminal bifurcation, similar in form, bifurcation of right spicule always larger than that of left spicule. Spicules dissimilar in length; left spicule shorter, 229–284 (247) long and right spicule 312–355 (332) long (Figure 1e–h). Gubernaculum absent. Length of tail 156–205 (184).

Figure 3. 

Procamallanus spiculastriatus sp. n., scanning electron microscopy. a tail of a male worm, ventral view, three preanal pairs (arrows) and three postanal pairs (arrows), four adcloacal papillae (arrowheads) and a lateral phasmid (*) are visible b tail of a male worm, lateral view with the spicule partially extroverted, and two pairs of sessile papillae are located along lateral margin (arrowhead); inset c detail of the tip of a spicule d tail of a female worm, ventral view, anus (an). Scale bars: 25 μm (a); 50 μm (b); 5 μm (c); 50 μm (d).

Females with larvae (based on 4 specimens): body 17–20 mm (18 mm) long; maximum width at esophageal/intestinal junction 160–173 (167). Buccal capsule including basal ring 78–83 (81) long and 47–52 (50) wide, basal ring 12–13 (12) long, 32–43 (36) wide. Maximum length/width ratio of buccal capsule 1:0.62. Deirids, nerve-ring, and excretory pore at 147–167 (156), 220–233 (225), and 330–397 (371), respectively, from the anterior extremity (Figure 1c). Muscular portion of esophagus 413–453 (433) long and 53–60 (58) wide; glandular portion of esophagus 600–693 (633) long and 67–80 (70) wide. Muscular/glandular esophagus length ratio 1:1.5. Length of entire esophagus and buccal capsule representing 6–7% of body length. Vulva situated at, 8–11 (9) mm from anterior end, at about 50% of body length; vulval lips not elevated. Muscular vagina directed posteriorly (Figure 1c); uterus filled with larvae 210–280 (245±22 long) (Figure 1i) and eggs 17–29 (24) long by 14–26 (22) wide. Tail conical, 190–220 (208) long, without cuticular projections (Figs 1d, 3d).

Females with eggs (based on 7 specimens): body 11–13 mm (12 mm) long; maximum width at esophageal/intestinal junction 100–133 (124). Buccal capsule including basal ring 80–87 (82) long and 50–60 (53) wide, basal ring 10–12 (10) long, 33–38 (35) wide. Maximum length/width ratio of buccal capsule 1:0.64. Deirids, nerve-ring, and excretory pore at 127–163 (144), 183–227 (208), and 283–357 (308), respectively, from the anterior extremity. Muscular portion of esophagus 387–460 (427) long and 47–60 (52) wide; glandular portion of esophagus 447–527 (489) long and 60–67 (61) wide. Muscular/glandular esophagus length ratio 1:1.5. Length of entire esophagus and buccal capsule representing 8–9% of body length. Vulva situated at 6–7 mm (6 mm) from anterior end, at 52% of body length; vulval lips not elevated. Muscular vagina directed posteriorly; uterus filled with eggs 28–32 (29) long by 25–30 (26) wide. Tail conical, 140–180 (166) long, without cuticular projections.

Discussion

The family Camallanidae was established for species with a prominent, sclerotized buccal capsule (Railliet and Henry 1915). Yeh (1960) divided the family into two subfamilies, Camallaninae Railliet & Henry, 1915, for species with the buccal capsule divided into two halves, and Procamallaninae Yeh, 1960, for those with a single, cup-like buccal capsule. The new species with its cup-like buccal capsule composed of two lateral halves is identified as a member of Procamallaninae. Six genera have been assigned to Procamallaninae: Procamallanus, Spirocamallanus Olsen, 1952, Malayocamallanus Jothy & Fernando, 1970, Punctocamallanus Moravec & Scholz, 1991, Spirocamallanoides Moravec & Sey, 1988 and Denticamallanus Moravec & Thatcher, 1997 (Baylis 1923; Olsen 1952; Jothy and Fernando 1970; Moravec and Scholz 1991; Moravec and Thatcher 1997; Rigby and Rigby 2014). The genus Procamallanus consists of approximately 40 known species distributed worldwide, but only two species have been reported from Brazil, P. peraccuratus and P. annipetterae Kohn & Fernandes, 1988, both from southern Brazil (Pinto et al. 1976; Petter and Dlouhy 1985; Kohn and Fernandes 1988). The new species is assigned to Procamallanus because its cup-like buccal capsule with smooth walls (without striations); according to Moravec and Thatcher (1997) the main characteristic of this genus is the presence of a smooth buccal capsule in both sexes.

The new species can be distinguished from all known members of the genus outside of Brazil in having tooth-like structures on the basal ring of the buccal capsule. In addition to the above characteristic, it differs from P. annulatus Yamaguti, 1955 (Indonesia), P. elatensis Fusco & Overstreet, 1979 (Israel), P. laeviconchus Wedl, 1861 (Egypt), P. planoratus Kulkarni, 1935 (India) and P. pseudolaeviconchus Moravec & Van As, 2015 (Botswana) by the absence of a sclerotized gubernaculum, present in the other five species (Wedl 1861; Kulkarni 1935; Yamaguti 1955; Fusco and Overstreet 1979; Moravec and Van As 2015). P. spiculastriatus can be distinguished from P. pacificus Moravec, Justine, Würtz, Taraschewski & Sasal, 2006 (New Caledonia) also not found in Brazil, by the absence of the small processes (mucrons) (sensu Moravec et al. 2006) on the tip of the tail.

Two species of Procamallanus have been found in Brazil: P. peraccuratus Pinto, Fábio, Noronha & Rolas, 1976, from Geophagus brasiliensis (Quoy & Gaimard) and Australoheros facetus (Jenyns) (both Cichlidae) in the State of Espirito Santo (Southern Region of Brazil) and P. annipetterae Kohn & Fernandes, 1988 (= P. petterae Kohn & Fernandes, 1988), from Corydoras paleatus (Jenyns) in the Iguaçu River, State of Paraná (south of Brazil) (Pinto et al. 1976; Kohn and Fernandes 1988). Pinto et al. (1976) suggested that the characteristics of the buccal capsule and the morphological and morphometric data of each taxon should be considered for the differentiation of species, a view shared by Moravec (1998).

Procamallanus spiculastriatus sp. n. has tooth-like structures on the basal ring of the buccal capsule similar to these in P. annipetterae although the new species has four distinct tooth-like structures, whereas these are six in P. annipetterae as described by Petter (1990; see also her fig. 5A) in addition the letter species is distinct. Kohn and Fernandes (1988) provide no info on the number of cephalic papillae in females; only in the holotype male P. spiculastriatus sp. n. can be distinguished from P. annipetterae by the tail shape (conical in female of the new species vs. pointed in both sexes with a marked long and narrow posterior part); number of caudal papillae (three precloacal, two adcloacal, and five postcloacal vs. four precloacal and four postcloacal), shape of oral opening (circular in P. spiculastriatus vs. oval in P. annipetterae) and morphometric parameters such as spicule length (smaller spicule 229–284 µm, larger spicule 312–355 µm vs. 150–160 µm and 180–210 µm, respectively) and length of the tail (184 µm in males and 208 µm in females vs. 336 µm in males and 281 µm in females), comparisons made based on the description of Kohn and Fernandes (1988).

Procamallanus spiculastriatus sp. n. resembles P. peraccuratus in the morphology of the buccal capsule, oral opening circular and presence of caudal alae of males, but differs by the presence of four internal sclerotized tooth-like structures on the basal ring, the presence of two postcloacal dorsal papillae, and the presence of spicules with alate distal end supported by sclerotized rays of P. spiculastriatus and those characters are absent in P. peraccuratus (Moravec et al. 1993; Moravec 1998). Despite sharing hosts from the same family (Cichlidae), the species differ with respect to species of host and the biomes where they are found: P. spiculastriatus sp. n. is a parasite of A. ocellatus (biome Amazonia), whereas P. peraccuratus is a parasite of G. brasiliensis and Au. facetus (biome Brazilian Atlantic Forest). This finding extends the geographical distribution of the genus into the Brazilian Amazon. Additional morphometric comparisons between P. spiculastriatus sp. n. and the two species found in Brazil are presented in Table 1.

Comparison of morphometric characteristics of the known South American species of Procamallanus with those of Procamallanus spiculastriatus n. sp. Except as noted for individual characteristics, all data for P. peraccuratus, and P. annipetterae were taken from the original descriptions.

Caracteres Procamallanus spiculastriatus n. sp. P. peraccuratus P. annipetterae
Holotype Allotype Male Female Male Female Male Female
Length (mm) 10.76 17 8–11 17–20 9.42–9.75 12.78–22.34 9.69 21.8
Width 147.36 166 105–147 160–173 150–170 210–400 500 720
Buccal capsule (L)a 64.93 80 57–74 78–83 72–87 87–113 131 180
Buccal capsule (W) 38.96 51 32–39 47–52 49 52–66 123 187
Mouth opening Circular Circular Circular
Teeth Present Present Present Present Absent Absent Present Present
Deirids 107.79 150 91–119 147–167
Nerve ring 168.83 226.66 156–188 220–233 220 230–240 298 326
Excretory pore 280.51 330 248–292 330–397 260–330
Muscular esophagus (L) 352.63 420 316–395 413–453 410–440 560–660 625 644
Glandular esophagus (L) 557.89 600 421–558 600–693 450–520 580–660 868 887
Ratio L/Oc and esophagus 9% 6.5% 9–12% 6–7% 10.32%b 7.57%b 16.76%b 7.8%b
Vulva (mm) 8 8–11 6.7–10.90
Preanal papillae (pairs) 3 3 3 2
Additional papillae (pairs) 2 2 2 2
Postanal papillae (pairs) 3 + 2DLa 3 + 2DLa 4 1
Spicule large 342.17 312–355 270-290 210
Spicule small 230.8 229–284 180–200 160
Caudal alae Present Present Present Absent
Tail 166.23 190 156–205 190–220 140 220–310 336 281
Host Astronotus ocellatus Geophagus brasiliensis and Australoheros facetus Corydoras paleatus
Site Intestine Intestine Intestine
Locality Belém, Pará, Brazil Vale do Rio Itaúnas, Espírito Santo, Brazil Rio Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil
Biome Amazonia Atlantic Forest Atlantic Forest
Author In this study Pinto et al. (1976) Kohn and Fernandes (1988)

The six genera currently assigned to Procamallaninae were reduced to subgenera of Procamallanus by Moravec (1998). However, Moravec (1998) did not provide any arguments why the former genera should be demoted to a lower level. Rigby and Rigby (2014) noted the overlap in the diagnostic characteristics of the buccal capsules of these taxa. Two molecular phylogenetic studies (Černotíková et al. 2011; Choudhury and Nadler 2016), further revealed that Procamallanus and Spirocamallanus are paraphyletic. We find that phylogenetic relationships within Procamallaninae have not been evaluated in an objective analysis using both morphological and molecular data. There is no evidence that such different taxa should be assigned to the same genus-level group (i.e., that they should be recognized as sub-genera rather than distinct genera, which is an arbitrary decision). Therefore, based on the current knowledge of the studied group we follow the concept accepting the full generic status of all recognized genus-group names within Procamallaninae. Even in the absence of a rigorous test of the monophyly of the genera, all but Procamallanus have contain species with consistent features; all known species of Procamallanus have smooth-walled buccal capsules without tooth-like structures except for P. spiculastriatus sp. n. and P. annipetterae, both of which have tooth-like structures on the basal ring. This suggests that these two species might represent a distinct genus. Currently, we do not feel confident in describing a new genus without the support of a formal phylogenetic analysis. Among the camallanid species parasitizing A. ocellatus, only Spirocamallanus inopinatus from northern Brazil (Moravec 1998; Thatcher 2006) and Camallanus sp. from Midwestern Brazil have been reported (Kohn et al. 1985; Vicente et al. 1985).

Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to Dr. Marcelo Knoff, curator of the Helminthological collection of the Oswaldo Cruz for loan of specimens; Patrick Cardoso, Andréa Abreu and Yago Larrat for technical support; the Laboratório de Histologia e Embriologia Animal – Instituto da Saúde e Produção Animal – Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia – UFRA, campus Belém, state of Pará, Brazil for the use of the scanning electron microscope; the managers of the Jardim Botânico Bosque Rodrigues Alves (Rodrigues Alves Botanical Garden) for encouragement and technical support for the collection of specimens of A. ocellatus. This study is part of the Ph.D. thesis of Raul Henrique da Silva Pinheiro, developed for the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia de Agentes Infecciosos e Parasitários (Graduate Program in Biology of Infectious Agents and Parasites), Instituto de Ciências Biológicas (Biological Sciences Institute), Universidade Federal do Pará-UFPA. Part of this research was carried out by Raul Henrique da Silva Pinheiro during a visit to the Laboratorio de Morfología Animal, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Pachuca, Hidalgo, México.

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