12 December 2019
The European perch Perca fluviatilis L. serves as a host of different endohelminths of Trematoda , Cestoda , Nematoda , and Acanthocephala . Its natural range covers freshwater basins throughout much of Europe, including the Danube. Since information about endohelminths of European perch from this international river basin has been rather sporadic, the parasitological examinations of 700 perch from the central region of the Danube river basin in Slovakia were performed in October 2017 and April 2018. The larval stages of Triaenophorus nodulosus ( Cestoda ) were found in cysts located in the perch liver and adults of Proteocephalus percae ( Cestoda ) were isolated from the intestine. The larval stages of Eustrongylides sp. ( Nematoda ) and metacercariae of Clinostomum complanatum ( Trematoda ), both potential causative agents of fish-borne zoonoses, were found in the musculature. Spatial and seasonal differences in the occurrence of currently detected helminths were discussed with data on biological and environmental conditions of particular sampling site.