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Volume 48, Issue 4


Taxonomic Status of Neoechinorhynchus Agilis (Acanthocephala, Neoechinorhynchidae), with a Description of two New Species of the Genus from the Atlantic and Pacific Mullets (Teleostei, Mugilidae)

Ie. V. Tkach
  • Department of Biology, Zaporizhzhya National University, Zhukovskogo str., 66, Zhaporizhzhya, 69600 Ukraine
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Published Online: 2014-08-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/vzoo-2014-0035


The wide variability in morphological features, geographical and host ranges of mullet acanthocephalan parasite Neoechinorhynchus agilis (Rudolphi, 1819), raises the question of taxonomic status of this species. Rudolphi’s type and Yamaguti`s voucher specimens, as well as our own material from the WW Pacific and NE Atlantic region were used herein to provide comparative morphological analysis. Th e study revealed three different species of Neoechinorhynchus, N. (N.) agilis and N. (H.) personatus Tkach, Sarabeev et Shvetsova, sp. n. in the Atlantic and N. (H.) yamagutii Tkach, Sarabeev et Shvetsova, sp. n. in the Pacific. Strong morphological and morphometric differences were found between three described herein species from different hosts and regions. Th e dividing of N. agilis into three species, two of them are new, provides a basis for the further revision of host-geographical records of mullet acanthocephalan parasites.


Широкое географическое распространение, богатый список хозяев, а также значительная вариабельность метрических признаков аканто- цефалы Neoechinorhynchus agilis (Rudolphi, 1819) ставит вопрос о таксономическом статусе этого вида. Для проведения сравнительного морфологического анализа был использован типичный материал Рудольфи и ваучерные экземпляры Ямагути, а также собственный материал, собранный в западной части Тихого океана и северо-восточной Атлантике. В результате исследования было обнаружено три вида акантоцефал Neoechinorhynchus, в том числе два вида из Атлантики: N. (N.) agilis и N. (H.) personatus Tkach, Sarabeev et Shvetsova, sp. n., и один вид из Тихого океана, N. (H.) yamagutii Tkach, Sarabeev et Shvetsova, sp. n. Описанные в работе виды хорошо различаются как морфологически, так и метрически. Разделение N. agilis на три вида, два из которых описаны впервые, является основой для дальнейшего пересмотра находок этой акантоцефалы из разных регионов и от разных хозяев.

Keywords: Mediterranean; Azov-Black Sea; Northeast Atlantic; Chelon labrosus; Mugil cephalus

Ключевые слова: Средиземное море; Азово-Черноморский бассейн; cеверо-восточная Атлан- ти ка; Chelon labrosus; Mugil cephalus


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Received: 2014-01-30

Accepted: 2014-04-08

Published Online: 2014-08-23

Published in Print: 2014-08-01

Citation Information: Vestnik Zoologii, Volume 48, Issue 4, Pages 291–306, ISSN (Online) 2073-2333, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/vzoo-2014-0035.

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