Folia Parasitologica, vol. 56 (2009), issue 1

Folia Parasitologica 56[1] 64-66 (2009) | DOI: 10.14411/fp.2009.010

Female morphology of Philometra rubra (Nematoda: Philometridae), a parasite of the abdominal cavity of the striped sea-bass Morone saxatilis (Moronidae, Perciformes) in the USA

František Moravec1, Iva Dyková1, Isaurede Buron2
1 Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Branišovská 31, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic
2 Department of Biology, College of Charleston, 58 Coming Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401, USA

The nematode Philometra rubra (Leidy, 1856) (Philometridae) is redescribed from subgravid females found in the abdominal cavity of the fish Morone saxatilis (Walbaum) from South Carolina, USA in November 2008. The species is characterized by the presence of 14 cephalic papillae arranged in two circles, a relatively long oesophagus with a distinct anterior inflation, and well-developed papilla-like caudal projections. Cephalic papillae of the external circle differ from those in other congeners in that the dorso-lateral and ventro-lateral papillae are large, dome-shaped, whereas the dorso-dorsal and ventro-ventral papillae are small.

Received: January 19, 2009; Accepted: February 17, 2009; Published: March 1, 2009


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