Department of Entomology-Zoology
This study constitutes the first extensive investigation of the parasites of fishes in South Dakota. Previously, little technical information was available concerning the incidence and distribution of fish parasites in the state. The survey for the study involved the various kinds of parasitic worms (flukes, tapeworms, roundworms, spiny-headed worms, leeches) and the parasitic crustaceans (fish lice).
More than 500 fishes were examined from 33 different bodies of water, largely lakes. This gave a general idea as to the more prevalent worm and arthropod parasites, as well as records of some less common parasites. Undoubtedly many parasites have been missed, but it is hoped that additional fishes can be examined from time to time to increase the knowledge of parasite incidence and distribution in South Dakota.
The purpose of this publication is not only to list the parasites found, but also to briefly discuss each parasite, including prominent recognition features, information on life cycles, and position in the Animal Kingdom. It is hoped that the bulletin will aid in answering the questions of fishery biologists, game wardens, sportsmen, and others interested in parasites of fishes.
South Dakota Department of Game, fish and parks, fish diseases, fish parasites
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
Hugghins, E. J., "Parasites of Fishes in South Dakota" (1959). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 484.