Records of cysticercoids of Fimbriarioides tadornae Maksimova, 1976 and Branchiopodataenia gvozdevi (Maksimova, 1988) (Cyclophyllidea, Hymenolepididae) from brine shrimps at the Mediterranean coasts of Spain and France, with a key to cestodes from Artemia spp. from the Western Mediterranean

Gergana Vasileva 1 , Stella Redón 2 , Francisco Amat 2 , Pavel Nikolov 1 , Marta Sánchez 3 , Thomas Lenormand 3 , and Boyko Georgiev
  • 1 Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Gagarin Street, 1113, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2 Torre de la Sal, Instituto de Acuicultura, Ribera da Cabanes (Castellon), Spain
  • 3 Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, UMR 5175, 1919 Route de Mende, F34293, Montpellier cedex 5, France
  • 4 Department of Zoology, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK


Cysticercoids of two cestode species isolated from brine shrimps from the Mediterranean coasts of Spain and France are described. Fimbriarioides tadornae Maksimova, 1976 (adults known as parasites of Tadorna tadorna) was recorded from Artemia parthenogenetica and A. franciscana from Spain (Bras del Port and River Ebro Delta, respectively), and from A. franciscana from Aigues-Mortes, France (new geographical record). Branchiopodataenia gvozdevi (Maksimova, 1988) (adults known as parasites of Larus genei) was recorded from A. parthenogenetica (Bras del Port, Spain), A. salina (San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain) and A. franciscana (River Ebro Delta, Spain); this is the first record of the species in Europe. An illustrated key to cysticercoids of 12 cestode species from Artemia spp. from the Western Mediterranean is proposed.

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