2015 Volume 77 Issue 8 Pages 1001-1005
We examined 11 Prussian carp, Carassius gibelio (Bloch), from the upper Yellow River running through Inner Mongolia (Wuhai City) to record myxosporean species. Between 6 and 15 elongated cysts of Henneguya doneci were located at the basal part of the gill filaments of 3 carp (27.3%); no more myxosporean plasmodia were found in other organs. Although the morphology and morphometric values of the spores (average measurements of 14 spores in µm: 11.4 long by 9.2 wide with 7.5 in thickness; 2 polar capsules, equal, 5.5 long by 3.2 wide; and a bifurcated caudal process, 51.6 long) with an evident intercapsular appendix were basically coincident with the species, the dimensions of the spore bodies were marginally larger, and the length of the caudal processes was distinctly longer than previously reported values for H. doneci (44.2–59.2 µm vs. 26.8–42.6 µm, respectively). Genetic analysis of the 18S ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA) found few nucleotide substitutions when compared with 3 deposited sequences of H. doneci collected around the Yangtze River (Sichuan and Hubei Provinces), China, indicating that the uniqueness of some of the morphological features exhibited by the present Wuhai isolate should be ascribed to intraspecific variation.