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Volume 57, Issue 2


Description of Maritrema formicae sp. nov. (Digenea, Microphallidae) parasitic in the kelp gull, Larus dominicanus, from the Patagonian coast, Argentina

Julia Diaz
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Published Online: 2012-05-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11686-012-0019-4


Maritrema formicae sp. nov. is described from the Patagonian coast, Argentina, based on adults obtained from the kelp gull, Larus dominicanus. The new species fits with the “eroliae complex” and can be distinguished from other related species mainly in shape and size of body, shape, size, and pattern of distribution of cirrus spines, uterus extension, number and size of eggs, vitellarium in a complete ring in all specimens, and its Neotropical distribution. The new species is sympatric with another species of the genus, Maritrema madrynense, which was recorded in the same host and locality.

Keywords: Trematode digeneans; Maritrema; Microphallidae; Larus; Patagonia; Argentina

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Published Online: 2012-05-13

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Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 57, Issue 2, Pages 149–153, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11686-012-0019-4.

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