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Philometra barbata n. sp. (Nematoda: Philometridae) from the red mullet Mullus barbatus (Perciformes, Mullidae) off Tunisia

Nessrine Ghanmi
  • Research Unit of Bio-Ecology and Evolutionary Systematics, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar, 2092 Tunis, Tunisia
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  • El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), unidad Chetumal. Av. Centenario km. 5.5, Chetumal, Quintana Roo 77014, México
  • Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Branišovská 31, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic
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Published Online: 2018-10-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2018-0091

Abstract

Helminthological examinations of the red mullet Mullus barbatus (Linnaeus) (Mullidae) from the Gulf of Hammamet, off Tunisia, revealed the presence of one undescribed gonad-infecting nematode species, Philometra barbata n. sp. (Philometridae). The new species as other congeneric species is mainly characterized by the shape of the caudal mound, the distribution of the caudal papillae and the shape of the gubernaculum with the presence of a dorsal protuberance consisting of two dorsolateral lamellar parts separated from each other by a smooth median field in the male. The new species differs from its gonadinfecting congeners in the body length of male, the length of spicules and gubernaculum. This is the second nominal species of Philometra reported from fishes of the family Mullidae and the 14th from the Mediterranean Sea.

Keywords: Parasitic nematode; marine fish; Mediterranean Sea

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About the article

Received: 2018-07-11

Revised: 2018-07-18

Accepted: 2018-07-20

Published Online: 2018-10-18

Published in Print: 2018-12-19


Conflict of interest statement. The authors declare no conflict of interest.


Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 63, Issue 4, Pages 766–771, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2018-0091.

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