Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, 106(5) August 2011
Original Article

Raphidascaris (Sprentascaris) lanfrediae sp. nov. (Nematoda: Anisakidae) from the fish Satanoperca jurupari (Osteichthyes: Cichlidae)

Marly de Fátima Carvalho de MeloI, II; Jeannie Nascimento dos SantosI; Elane Guerreiro GieseI, III; Everton Gustavo Nunes dos SantosIV; Cláudia Portes SantosIV, +

ILaboratório de Biologia Celular e Helmintologia Profa. Dra. Reinalda Marisa Lanfredi, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas
IILaboratório de Parasitologia, Faculdade de Farmácia, Instituto de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, PA, Brasil
IIILaboratório de Pesquisa Dr. Carlos Azevedo, Instituto de Saúde e Produção Animal, Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia, Belém, PA, Brasil
IVLaboratório de Avaliação e Promoção da Saúde Ambiental, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz-Fiocruz, Av. Brasil 4365, 21040-360 Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Page: 553-556 DOI: 10.1590/S0074-02762011000500006
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Raphidascaris (Sprentascaris) lanfrediae sp. nov. is described from the intestine of the freshwater fish Satanoperca jurupari (Heckel) (Cichlidae) from the Guamá River, state of Pará, Brazil. The prevalence in fish (n = 59) was 27% with intensity of one-124 (mean 16) nematodes per fish. The new species is characterized mainly by the markedly larger size of ventricular appendix in relation to the oesophagus, presence of short male caudal alae, 14-16 subventral pairs of preanal papillae and six pairs of postanal papillae.

The Cichlidae is a fish family well represented in freshwater bodies of South America; within this group, the cichlid Satanoperca jurupari (Heckel, 1840) (= Geophagus jurupari Heckel, 1840), commonly named demon heartheater, is a typical representative of the estuary of the Amazon River (Matos et al. 2002). The distribution of S. jurupari includes the Amazon River basin: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana and Peru (Reis et al. 2003). During a survey of this fish species from the Guamá River, close to the Amazon River Delta, state of Pará (PA), Brazil, specimens of Raphidascaris (Sprentascaris) Petter and Cassone, 1984 were encountered. These proved to represent a new species which is described herein.



The fish were collected from March 2009-October 2010 in the Guamá River (01º27'21"S 48º30'14"W). A total of 59 specimens (total body length 9-24 cm, 50-180 g) were examined. The fish were examined using a dissecting microscope. The recovered nematodes were placed in Petri dishes filled with physiological saline and then fixed in hot alcohol, formaldehyde and acetic acid solution (AFA). For light microscopy, specimens were cleared in glycerine and, after examination, stored in 70% ethanol. Drawings were made with the aid of an Olympus CX31 microscope drawing tube. For scanning electron microscopy, nematodes were post-fixed in 1% osmium tetroxide in phosphate buffer, dehydrated through a graded acetone series, critical-point dried and sputter-coated with gold. They were examined using a JEOL JSM-6390LV scanning electron microscope at an accelerating voltage of 15 kV. All measurements are in micrometres unless otherwise stated, with means in parentheses.

Anisakidae Railliet and Henry, 1912

Raphidascaris Railliet and Henry, 1915

Raphidascaris (Sprentascaris) lanfrediae sp. nov. (Figs 1, 2)





Diagnosis - Small-sized nematodes with smooth cuticle. Cervical cuticular alae present. Body whitish. Lips well developed; interlabia absent. Pulp of all lips with anterior round processes. Pulp of dorsal lip bearing two double papillae; ventrolateral lips with one double papilla, one single papilla and one amphid. Lateral membranous margins forming two finger-shaped protrusions at each side of lips, coating labiae internally. Mouth aperture triangular. Small cuticular elevation at base of lips present. Oesophagus expanded at its posterior half. Ventriculus shorter than broad; ventral ventricular appendix longer than broad. Excretory pore situated short distance posterior to level of nerve ring. Tail of both sexes conical.

Male (7 specimens) - Length of body 3.92-6.45 (5.43) mm, maximum width 150-250 (217). Lips 25-30 (27) (Figs 1B, C, 2A-D). Oesophagus 395-685 (565) long, 65-100 (88) wide. Nerve ring 225-300 (264) and excretory pore 212-325 (281), respectively, from anterior extremity. Ventriculus 30-50 (40) long, 80-100 (91) wide; length of ventricular appendix 160-212 (186), its width 25-55 (44) (Fig. 1A, B). Ventricular appendix/oesophageal length ratio 1: 0.27-0.40 (1: 0.34). Spicules equal, simple, well sclerotized, 125-155 (133) long. Caudal alae poorly developed, short, 106-240 long, extending from mid-length of spicules to level of last pair of papillae (Fig. 1D). Preanal papillae 14-16 subventral pairs; first four of them (counting from cloacal opening) small, difficult to observe. Postanal papillae six pairs, first three pairs close to each other, two pairs in middle of tail and last, small pair just anterior to phasmids. Tail conical, 90-120 (106) long (Figs 1D, E, 2G-H).

Female (10 specimens) - Length of body 2.11-6.52 (3.88) mm, maximum width 100-290 (164) (Fig. 1A). Cervical cuticular alae well visible (Fig. 2E, insert). Lips 20-37 (25) long. Oesophagus 290-710 (459) long, 45-135 (79) wide. Ventriculus 18-40 (27) long, 50-80 (64) wide; length of ventricular appendix 122-315 (157), its width 25-45 (35). Ventricular appendix/oesophageal length ratio 1: 0.27-0.42 (1:0.36). Nerve ring 140-290 (198) and excretory pore 163-440 (273), respectively, from anterior extremity. Vulva at short distance below oesophagus, 0.40-1.06 (0.69) mm from anterior extremity; vulval lips simple (Fig. 2F). Vagina muscular, 130-310 (197) long, directed posteriorly from vulva. Eggs 12-17 × 10-12 (14 × 11). Tail conical, 120-340 (208) long (Fig. 2E).

Type host - S. jurupari (Perciformes: Cichlidae).

Site of infection - Intestine.

Type-locality - Guamá River, PA, Brazil.

Type data and depository - Holotype collected 24 March 2009. Type-specimens deposited at the Helminthological Collection of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute, Rio de Janeiro (holotype male 35714a, paratypes 35716b-c).

Host-parasite data - Prevalence (n = 59) 27%; intensity of one-124 (mean 16) nematodes per fish.

Etymology - The specific name is given in honour of the late Dr Reinalda Marisa Lanfredi, for encouraging students and professionals to develop helminthological studies.



Petter and Cassone (1984) proposed the genus Sprentascaris to accommodate the three ascaridoid species newly described from catfishes of the families Loricariidae and Pimelodidae from Paraguay. The genus was later reduced to a subgenus Raphidascaris (Sprentascaris) by Moravec et al. (1990). At present, the genus includes four South American species: Raphidascaris (Sprentascaris) hypostomi (Petter & Cassone 1984), Raphidascaris (Sprentascaris) mahnerti (Petter & Cassone 1984), Raphidascaris (Sprentascaris) pimelodi (Petter & Cassone 1984) and Raphidascaris (Sprentascaris) marano Ramallo 2009; Raphidascaris (Sprentascaris) sp. was also reported from the cichlid Geophagus brasiliensis from the Paraná River, Brazil without specific identification (Moravec et al. 1993, Moravec 1998, Vicente & Pinto 1999, Ramallo 2009, Eiras et al. 2010).

Previous records of R. (S.) hypostomi in Brazil were reported from Ancistrus cirrhosus, Hypostomus albopunctatus, Hypostomus cochliodon, Hypostomus commersoni, Hypostomus derbyi, Hypostomus sp. and Metynnis lippincottianus from the states of Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Moravec et al. 1990, Moravec 1998, Vicente & Pinto 1999, Thatcher 2006, Takemoto et al. 2009, Eiras et al. 2010). In Paraguay, it is reported from A. cirrhosus and Cochliodon cochliodon (Petter & Casone 1984, Petter 1995). This species is more robust and differs from R. (S.)lanfrediae sp. nov. in the shape of the lips with a somewhat triangular peduncle, by the broad shape and small size of oesophagus, absence of male caudal alae and number and disposition of caudal papillae.

R. (S.) mahnerti was reported from Pseudohemiodon laticeps, Loricariichthys brunneus, Loricariichthys labialis, Loricariichthys platymetopon, Loricariichthys sp. and M. lippincottianus from Paraná and Uruguay Rivers, Brazil (Moravec et al. 1990, 1993, Fortes et al. 1999, Vicente & Pinto 1999, Thatcher 2006, Takemoto et al. 2009, Eiras et al. 2010, Moreira et al. 2010). It also parasitizes L. platymetopon and L. labialis in Paraguay (Petter & Cassone, 1984) and L. brunneus in Venezuela (Moravec et al. 1997). It is closely related to R. (S.) lanfrediae sp. nov., but can readily be differentiated by the ventricular appendix/oesophageal length ratio 1: 0.11-0.21 (0.16) vs. 1: 0.27-0.40 (0.34) in males and 1: 0.12-0.20 (0.16) vs. 1: 0.27-0.42 (0.36) in females, the former being calculated based on measurements of Peter and Cassone (1984). The male caudal alae are also different, being longer in R. (S.) mahnerti (400 µm or longer) (Peter & Cassone 1984, Moravec et al. 1990). The geographical distribution of both species and their fish hosts are also well distinguished.

R. (S.) pimelodi was reported from Pimelodus maculatus from the Paraguay River, Paraguay and R. (S.) marano, from the loricariid catfish Hypostomus cordovae from the Marapa River, Argentina. R. (S.) pimelodi is well distinguished from R. (S.) lanfrediae sp. nov. by their overall large dimensions with a long oesophagus and ventriculus and the ventricular appendix/oesophageal length ratio of 1: 0.072-0.111 [based on measurements of Moravec (1998)] in contrast to the new species ratio, which is 1: 0.27-0.42.

R. (S.) marano resembles R. (S.) mahnerti in the triangular shape of lips, a feature which well distinguishes them from R. (S.) lanfrediae sp. nov. In addition, R. (S.) marano has indistinct lateral projections of lips and a different number of caudal papillae (3 + 22), and it also differs in the absence of caudal alae and dimensions of body, oesophagus and ventriculus.

A remarkable feature by which R. (S.) lanfrediae sp. nov. seems to differ from all congeners is the larger size of ventricular appendix in relation to the oesophagus and, altogether with the presence of short male caudal alae and the number of papillae, we propose the erection of a new species, which represents the first nominal species of Raphidascaris (Sprentascaris) parasitizing a cichlid fish in South America.



To Dr Frantisek Moravec, from the Institute of Parasitology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, for his valuable suggestions, and to Francisco Tiago Melo, MSc from Universidade Federal do Pará, for his valuable assistance.



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Received 17 December 2010
Accepted 3 February 2011
Financial support: CAPES, PROCAD/2005, PROCAD NF/2009, PAPES V Fiocruz/CNPq


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