Folia Parasitologica 60 17-27 (2013) | 10.14411/fp.2013.003
Cardicola langeli n. sp. (Digenea: Aporocotylidae) infects the heart of sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus (Walbaum, 1792) (Perciformes: Sparidae) in the northern Gulf of Mexico off Horn Island (type locality), Mississippi, USA. The new species is described herein using light and scanning electron microscopy of adult specimens and can be most easily distinguished from the other 24 accepted species of Cardicola Short, 1953 by the combination of having (i) an ovovitelline duct that extends anteriad and that (ii) is posterior to the ootype, (iii) a male genital pore that is lateral to the oviducal seminal receptacle and (iv) a female genital pore lateral to the ootype. The new species is the only member of Cardicola so-far reported to have tegumental spines that are distally flattened and broad, rather than pointed. The new species generally resembles the two other species of Cardicola that infect sparids, i.e. Cardicola cardiocolum (Manter, 1947) (type species) from jolthead porgy, Calamus bajonado (Block et Schneider), in the Gulf of Mexico and Cardicola aurata Holzer, Montero, Repullés, Sitja-Bobadilla, Alvarez-Pellitero, Zarza et Raga, 2008, from gilthead seabream, Sparus aurata Linnaeus, in the Mediterranean Sea, by having a spheroid anterior sucker with concentric rows of minute spines anterior to the mouth and by having a similar general arrangement of the vitellarium, gonads and genitalia. However, it differs from them by having the combination of the aforementioned five features plus asymmetrical posterior caeca and a dextral posterior caecum that extends beyond the posterior margin of the ovary. Probable eggs of C. langeli n. sp. that contain a ciliated miracidium infect gill epithelium and are spheroid. An updated list of hosts, infection sites and geographic localities for the 25 accepted species of Cardicola is provided.
Received: July 31, 2012; Accepted: August 30, 2012; Published: February 14, 2013