Dr. Chris McAllister (Biology Professor-EOSC-Idabel) and colleagues from Southeastern Louisiana University, Texas A&M University, and Southern Arkansas University recently did research on fish parasites in the Arkansas Ozarks (July 25-29). Dr. McAllister joined the group to study a trematode parasite of madtom and bullhead catfishes. The life cycle of the parasite involves a snail, a crayfish, and the final host is a catfish.
The study is funded by an NSF grant to Drs. Charles Criscione (Texas A&M University) and Bill Font (Southeastern Louisiana University). Fishes were collected with boat and backpack electroshockers with assistance provided by Arkansas Game & Fish (AG&F) personnel. Scientific collecting permits were provided by the AG&F. Ultimately, the research will be published in leading parasitological journals.