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Four polyopisthocotyleans (Platyhelminthes: Monogenea) from carangid fishes in the Mediterranean, off the Algerian coasts
Bouguerche, C.; Tazerouti, F.; Justine, J.-L. (2021). Four polyopisthocotyleans (Platyhelminthes: Monogenea) from carangid fishes in the Mediterranean, off the Algerian coasts. Current Research in Parasitology & Vector-Borne Diseases 1: 100026.
In: Current Research in Parasitology & Vector-Borne Diseases. Elsevier B.V.: Amsterdam. ISSN 2667-114X, more
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    Monogenea [WoRMS]; Polyopisthocotylea [WoRMS]; Teleostei [WoRMS]
Author keywords
    Monogenea; Polyopisthocotylea; Mediterranean; Taxonomy; Teleosts

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  • Bouguerche, C., more
  • Tazerouti, F., more
  • Justine, J.-L., more

    Four polyopisthocotyleans were collected from the gill filaments of carangids from off the Algerian coast, southern Mediterranean. Specimens of Gastrocotyle trachuri van Beneden & Hesse, 1863 (Gastrocotylidae) and Cemocotyle cf. trachuri Dillon & Hargis, 1965 (Heteraxinidae) from the Mediterranean horse mackerel Trachurus mediterraneus (Steindachner), Zeuxapta seriolae (Meserve, 1938) (Heteraxinidae) from the greater amberjack Seriola dumerili (Risso) and Pyragraphorus hollisae Euzet & Ktari, 1970 (Pyragraphoridae) from the pompano Trachinotus ovatus (Linnaeus) are redescribed based on newly collected specimens. Their taxonomically important morphological features (male copulatory organ and clamp sclerites) are described and illustrated, and the morphometric variation between Mediterranean and oceanic specimens is highlighted. Careful examination of the specimens of Cemocotyle Sproston, 1946 from the Mediterranean revealed that they exhibited unusual features compared with Cemocotyle trachuri Dillon & Hargis, 1965 from the Pacific, mainly the absence of the terminal lappet, thus questioning previous records of this species in the Mediterranean. New geographical locality records are provided for Z. seriolae and P. hollisae. The presence of C. cf. trachuri and Z. seriolae in the Mediterranean is noteworthy as these monogeneans were initially described in the Pacific Ocean. This study extends the geographical range of Z. seriolae to the southern Mediterranean.

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