McAllister and team studies fish parasites

Drs. Chris McAllister (EOSC-Idabel and SE Science Professor), Henry Robison (coauthor of Fishes of Arkansas, and Fishes of Oklahoma), T. J. Fayton (US Fish & Wildlife Service, PA), and Mr. Noah Moses (Arkansas Game & Fish Commission-Hope, AR) studied the parasites of various large fishes of the Red River, Arkansas, February 9-10, 2018.

Blue Sucker, Cycleptus elongatus.

From left to right, Dr. Henry W. Robison, Dr. T. J. Fayton, Mr. Noah Moses, and Dr. Chris T. McAllister.

Mr. Moses and a commercial fisherman obtained the fishes by gill netting the river and donated the catch to these three researchers. Of most importance was the collection of Blue Suckers, Cycleptus elongatus (photo) for examination of parasites.

Because this fish has rarely been reported with parasites, several important ones were found for the first time and the group plans to publish their findings in a leading parasitological journal in the future. In addition, several parasites were also found in Largemouth Buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus), Smallmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus bubalus), and a very large Longnose Gar (Lepisosteus osseus).

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