Myxidium tictoi n. sp., a myxozoan parasite infecting kidney of fresh water barb Puntius ticto (Hamilton, 1822) from river Gomti, Lucknow (U.P)

  • Naireen FariyaEmail author
  • Harpreet Kaur
  • Rehana Abidi
Original Article


Puntius ticto is a freshwater barb with commercial importance in India. It is soft and wild fish, highly prone to parasitic infections. The present article describes, morphological and morphometric details of the new species of Myxidium identified as Myxidium tictoi n.sp. from the kidney of Puntius ticto. Plasmodia were histozoic and embedded in the kidney. The intensity of infection was high. Mature spores were elongated, typically fusiform in shape with blunt pointed ends measuring 11.53–14.21 (13.10 ± 0.53) × 4.13–5.37 (4.67 ± 0.27) μm in size. The present species was compared with species found from the same organ and other resembling species as M. rhodei, M. misgurni, M. pseudobagrusi, M. aristichthysi, M. sangei, M. cruzi. Up till now, there is no evidence of any Myxidium species reported from Puntius ticto worldwide.


Freshwater barb Gomti Kidney Myxozoa Puntius ticto 



The authors are thankful to the Director, National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow, India for providing support and laboratory facility.

Author contributions

NF Conducting and performing experimental and research work, writing the manuscript. HK Editing of the manuscript. RA Planning of the research work.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

As per the guidelines of Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), experimental practice on fishes does not require approval.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Parasitology Lab, Fish Health Management DivisionNational Bureau of Fish Genetic ResourcesLucknowIndia
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyPanjab UniversityChandigarhIndia

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