Prof WJ Luus-Powell


Research Interests
My main research interests include: metazoan parasites of freshwater fish including ecology, distribution, morphology, taxonomy and biology. I'm also involved in testing of the Health Assessment Index on freshwater fish and development of a Parasite Index – in co-operation with Prof. A. Jooste (UL) and Prof. A. Avenant-Oldewage (UJ). The work on metazoan parasites of the southern African fish fauna is in co-operation with the Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga . I am specifically involved in mormyrid fish parasitological research with Prof. P.A.S. Olivier, Department of Biodiversity, UL; Prof. S.N. Mashego, North–West University; Prof L.F. Khalil, retired, United Kingdom. Other current research projects include (i) helminth parasites of game species (Tragelaphus strepsiceros and Aepyceros melampus) - in co-operation with Prof J. Boomker (Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria); (ii) Browse quality in the mopani veld (specifically involved in movement patterns, browse quality and selection of kudu and possible influence of tannins on the internal parasite composition of kudu) – in co-operation with Prof. D.C.J. Wessels (Manager: VLIR Programme, UL); Prof J. Boomker (Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria); (iii) the influence of different pollution levels on the occurrence and composition of fish parasites and the health of fish in freshwater ecosystems; (iv) monogeneans from freshwater fish - in co-operation with Prof A Avenant-Oldewage (UJ) and Dr K Christison (Marine and Coastal Management).

Technical Reports:

2003 : FOSKOR/NRF Preliminary report on evaluation of a Health Assessment Index (HAI) and associated Parasite Index (PI) of two fish species in the Ga-Selati River .

2004 : FOSKOR/NRF Final report on the Health Assessment Index (HAI) and associated Parasite Index (PI) of two fish species in the Ga-Selati River .
Title of final report : Biomonitoring and Bio-indexing by means of the Fish Health Assessment Index and Fish Parasites of the Ga-Selati River .

2009: Anglo Platinum (Mokopane) Preliminary report on the Health, Parasites and Bioaccumulation levels of metals from selected fish species correlated with water quality.
Title of report: An assessment of the health, parasite composition and metal accumulation of selected fish species, interrelated with water quality at the Return Water Dam, Anglo Platinum Limited, Rustenburg Platinum Mines Ltd, Mogalakwena Section.


LUUS-POWELL, WILMIEN J. & AVENANT-OLDEWAGE, A. 1996. Surface morphology of Chonopeltis victori , Avenant-Oldewage, 1991, and aspects of the histomorphology. Koedoe 39(1): 55 - 70.

DIPPENAAR, S.M., LUUS-POWELL , W.J. & ROUX, F. 2001. Lamproglena hoi n.sp. (Copepoda: Lernaeidae) from two yellowfish hosts, Barbus marequensis and Barbus polylepis caught in a river in Mpumalanga , South Africa . Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 68: 209 – 215.

LUUS-POWELL, WILMIEN J., MASHEGO, S.N. & KHALIL, L.F. 2003. Mormyrogyrodactyus gemini gen. et sp. n. (Monogenea: Gyrodactylidae), a new gyrodactylid from Marcusenius macrolepidotus (Mormyridae) from South Africa . Folia Parasitologica 50: 49 – 55.

LUUS-POWELL, WILMIEN J., JOOSTE ANTOINETTE & JUNKER KERSTIN. 2008. Pentastomid parasites in fish in the Olifants and Incomati River systems, South Africa . Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 75: 323-329.

OLIVIER, P.A.S., LUUS-POWELL, WILMIEN J. & SAAYMAN, J.E. 2009. Report on some monogenean and clinostomid infestations of freshwater fish and waterbird hosts in Middle Letaba Dam, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research.76: 187-199

MADANIRE-MOYO, GN, LUUS-POWELL WJ & OLIVIER PAS. 2010. Ecology of metazoan parasites of Clarias gariepinus (Osteichthyes: Clariidae) from the Nwanedi-Luphephe Dams of the Limpopo River System, South Africa. African Zoology

MADANIRE-MOYO, GN, MATLA MM, OLIVIER, PAS & LUUS-POWELL WJ. 2011. Population dynamics and spatial distribution of Monogeneans on the gills of Oreochromis mossambicus (Peters, 1852) from two lakes of the Limpopo River System, South Africa. Journal of Helminthology 85: 146 – 152. (Available on CJO 27 Jul 2010 doi:10.1017/S0022149X10000301).

MADANIRE-MOYO, GN, LUUS-POWELL WJ & OLIVIER, PAS. 2012. Diversity of metazoan parasites of the Mozambique tilapia, Oreochromis mossambicus (Peters, 1852) as indicators of pollution in the Limpopo and Olifants River Systems. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 79(1), Art. #362, 9 pages.

MADANIRE-MOYO, GN, LUUS-POWELL WJ, A JOOSTE & OLIVIER, PAS. 2012. A comparative assessment of the health status of feral populations of Clarias gariepinus from three dams of the Limpopo and Olifants River Systems (Limpopo Province, South Africa) using the fish Health Assessment Index protocol. African Journal of Aquatic Science 37(1): 27 – 37.

SMIT WJ & LUUS-POWELL WJ. 2012. The occurrence of metazoan endoparasites of Schilbe intermedius Rüppell, 1832from the Nwanedi-Luphephe Dams of the Limpopo River System, South Africa. African Zoology 47(1): 35 – 41.

HALAJIAN ALI, SYCHRA OLDRICH, LUUS-POWELL WILMIEN & ENGELBRECHT DEREK. 2012. Chewing lice of the genus Myrsidea (Phthiraptera: Amblycera: Menoponidae) from passerines (Aves: Passeriformes) in South Africa, with descriptions of three new species. Zootaxa 3442: 58 – 68.

CRAFFORD DIONNE, LUUS-POWELL WILMIEN & AVENANT-OLDEWAGE ANNEMARIÉ. 2012. Monogenean parasite species descriptions from Labeo spp. hosts in the Vaal Dam, South Africa. African Zoology 47(2): 216 – 228.

HALAJIAN ALI, BURSEY CHARLES R, GOLDBERG STEPHAN R & LUUS-POWELL WILMIEN. 2013. Helminths of six species of Anurans from the Republic of South Africa: Amietophrynus garmani, Amietophrynus gutturalis, Amietophrynus maculatus, Schismaderma carens (Bufonidae) and Amietia angolensis, Strongylopus grayii (Pyxicephalidae), with a Review of South African Anuran Helminths. Comparative Parasitology 80(1):80 – 95. DOI:

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