McAllister Studies Fish Parasites in Ozarks

Research group from left to right: Nicholas Stokes (junior student, Texas A&M), Dr. Bill Font (Southeastern Louisiana University), Dr. Henry Robison (Southern Arkansas University), Dr. Charles Criscione (Texas A&M), Dr. Chris McAllister (EOSC-Idabel).

Research group from left to right: Nicholas Stokes (junior student, Texas A&M), Dr. Bill Font (Southeastern Louisiana University), Dr. Henry Robison (Southern Arkansas University), Dr. Charles Criscione (Texas A&M), Dr. Chris McAllister (EOSC-Idabel).

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.

Boat electroshocking with AG&F on Crooked Creek, Marion County, Arkansas.

Boat electroshocking with AG&F on Crooked Creek, Marion County, Arkansas.

Backpack electroshocking at Many Islands, Spring River, Fulton County, Arkansas.

Backpack electroshocking at Many Islands, Spring River, Fulton County, Arkansas.

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