Folia Parasitologica, vol. 56 (2009), issue 4

Folia Parasitologica 56[4] 317-318 (2009) | DOI: 10.14411/fp.2009.037

First description of the male of Philometra filiformis (Nematoda: Philometridae), a gonad-infecting parasite of the marine fish Pagellus erythrinus (Sparidae) in Mediterranean

Gabriella Gaglio1, Salvatore Giannetto1, Antonio Panebianco1, František Moravec2
1 Dipartimento Sanità Pubblica Veterinaria, Facoltà Medicina Veterinaria, Polo Universitario dell'Annunziata, 98168 Messina, Italy
2 Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Branišovská 31, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic

The male of the gonad-infecting nematode Philometra filiformis (Stossich, 1896) (Philometridae) is for the first time described, based on specimens from the ovary of the marine fish Pagellus erythrinus (Linnaeus) from the Tyrrhenian Sea off Sicily, Italy. It is mainly characterized by the testis extending anteriorly nearly to the anterior end of body, the oesophagus without a usual anterior inflation, the absence of a dorsal barb or distinct transverse lamellae on the tip of the gubernaculum, the measurements of the spicules and the gubernaculum, and a fairly long body.

Received: August 7, 2009; Accepted: October 9, 2009; Published: December 1, 2009


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