Re-description of genus Tenuiproboscis keralensis Kaur et al., 2017 from marine fish Scatophagus argus at fort Kochi (Kerala), India
Sanjeev Kumar Verma, AM Saxena
Fish plays an important role in the development of a nation. Besides being a cheap source of highly nutritive protein, it also contains essential nutrients required by the human body. Fish forms an important item in the food of the Kerala and the floating population of boatmen depend for a considerable part of their sustenance on the prey of their nets or lines. Kerala has enormous potential resources in the inland sector teeming with fish. The spotted scat (Scatophagus argus) belonging to the family Scatophagidae is an euryhaline teleost found in freshwater, brackish water and marine habitats. This species is widely distributed throughout Indo-Pacific Ocean. Because of their attractive pattern, this species is quite common as an aquarium fish and is also an important food fish in Southeast Asia. In Taiwan, this fish has traditionally been kept in ponds to prevent overgrowth of algae. In the present paper, an account of the Tenuiproboscis keralensisspecies of Acanthocephalan parasites recovered from intestine of marine fishes Scatophagus argus from Fort Kochi, Kerala.