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Goncalves A.L.M.,Sao Paulo State University | Prado F.D.,Sao Paulo State University | Ferreira D.C.,Sao Paulo State University | Voltolin T.A.,Sao Paulo State University | And 3 more authors.
Caryologia | Year: 2014

In contrast to the enormous variability of Neotropical fish species, genetic information about many groups is not yet available. Chromosomal studies have greatly contributed to the characterization of several species, providing important data on these animals. We performed the first cytogenetic characterization of the Amazonian fish species Brachyplatystoma filamentosum (Pimelodidae), popularly known as "piraíba". The results revealed a diploid number of 2n = 56 composed of 24 metacentric, 12 submetacentric, and 10 acrocentric chromosomes in both females and males. After silver nitrate treatment (AgNORs) it was possible to visualize the nucleolus organizer region located in the terminal portion of the short arms of subtelocentric chromosome pair 22, presenting size polymorphism. Hybridization with 18S and 5S rDNA probes confirmed the number and location of 18S marks rDNA in pair 22 and differences in the size of signals among homologs. The 5S rDNA genes were localized near the centromere on the short arms of chromosome pair 19. Constitutive heterochromatin (C-bands) were localized predominantly in the terminal regions of the chromosomes, and also occurred in some interstitial and centromeric positions. The chromosomal genetic data obtained in this study contribute to the biological characterization of B. filamentosum, which has economic and ecological importance as the largest freshwater catfish occurring in many rivers of the Amazon and Tocantins-Araguaia basins in Brazil. These results may also be used in to infer relationships among Pimelodidae species. © 2014 Dipartimento di Biologia Evoluzionistica, Università di Firenze.


Rosim D.F.,Instituto Chico Mendes Of Conservacao Da Biodiversidade Cepta Icmbio | Boxshall G.A.,Natural History Museum in London | Ceccarelli P.S.,Instituto Chico Mendes Of Conservacao Da Biodiversidade Cepta Icmbio
Parasitology International | Year: 2013

An endoparasitic copepod is reported from the urinary bladder of a fish for the first time. Endoparasitic copepods on fish hosts are extremely rare and the impact of colonization of this novel microhabitat on the biology of the parasite is discussed. This curious association was reported from two different host families of Neotropical freshwater fishes, Erythrinidae and Cichlidae, collected from the Cristalino River, a tributary of the Araguaia River, in Brazil. The copepod is fully described using light and scanning electron microscopy. Urogasilus brasiliensis n. g., n. sp. represents a new genus and species of the family Ergasilidae and can be distinguished from other genera by its unique tagmosis, in which the fourth and fifth pedigerous somites and the genital double-somite are all fused to form an elongate trunk. The anal somite is the only free abdominal somite present. The pattern of leg segmentation is also unique, with legs 1 to 3 each having a 2-segmented endopod and leg 4 reduced to a single seta. The discovery of ovigerous female ergasilids in the urinary bladder of a fish is novel and this discovery represents a good model for further studies on the adaptations to an endoparasitic lifestyle. © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

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