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Volume 61, Issue 3


A new species of Hemipera Nicoll, 1913 (Digenea: Derogenidae) from fishes of the intertidal rocky zone of Chile

Pablo E. Díaz
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  • School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, 4072, Australia
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  • Facultad de Ciencias del Mar y de Recursos Naturales, Universidad de Valparaiso, PO Box 5080, Viña del Mar, Chile
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Published Online: 2016-07-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2016-0068


A new species, Hemipera cribbi sp. nov., is described. This trematode was found in three intertidal fish species: Scartichthys viridis (Valenciennes) (Blenniidae), Gobiesox marmoratus Jenyns (Gobiesocidae) and Myxodes viridis Valenciennes (Clinidae) from the central and southern coast of Chile. Of 233 individuals of S. viridis from the central coast examined, 19 were infected. From the southern coast, nine individuals of S. viridis (one infected), five individuals of G. marmoratus (four infected), and 16 individuals of M. viridis (one fish infected) were examined. Hemipera cribbi sp. nov. is distinguished from the five other congeneric species mainly in the body size, being the smallest and narrowest species in the genus, reaching five times longer than wide. This is the first species of the genus described for the South Pacific Ocean off South America. ITS2 rDNA sequences of Hemipera cribbi sp. nov. from each host and locality were identified.

Keywords: Hemipera; Derogenidae; Scartichthys; intertidal rocky shore; Chile


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About the article

Received: 2015-11-23

Revised: 2016-01-08

Accepted: 2016-03-07

Published Online: 2016-07-21

Published in Print: 2016-09-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 61, Issue 3, Pages 516–522, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2016-0068.

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