Folia Parasitologica, vol. 59 (2012), issue 4

Folia Parasitologica 59[4] 308-310 (2012) | DOI: 10.14411/fp.2012.043

Pseudolamproglena boxshalli sp. n. (Lernaeidae: Lamprogleninae) parasitic on gills of Cyprinion macrostomum (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from the Tigris River, Iraq

Fatima S. Al-Nasiri1, Ju-shey Ho2, Furhan T. Mhaisen3
1 Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Tikreet, Tikreet, Iraq
2 Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach, CA 90840-3702, USA
3 Tegnervägen 6B, 641 36 Katrineholm, Sweden

A new species of lamproglenine copepods, Pseudolamproglena boxshalli sp. n., is described from gills of the cyprinid fish Cyprinion macrostomum Heckel from the Tigris River in Tikreet, north of Baghdad, Iraq. This is the second species of Pseudolamproglena from Iraq and the fourth in the world. It differs from its three congeners mainly in the armature of antennule, maxilla, maxilliped, legs 1-4 and caudal ramus.

Keywords: taxonomy, morphology, parasitic Crustacea, Copepoda, teleost fish

Received: July 16, 2012; Accepted: August 15, 2012; Published: December 1, 2012


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