, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 87-92

The Lepocreadiidae (Digenea) of fishes from the north-east Atlantic: review of the genusParalepidapedon Shimazu & Shimura, 1984, with a description ofP. williamsi n. sp.

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Abstract

A new species,Paralepidapedon williamsi, is described from the fishCottunculus microps and an unidentified fish of the suborder Cottoidei in the NE Atlantic Ocean. This species is the first member of the genus to be recognized in the Atlantic Ocean. Its general morphology is similar to that of the other members of the genus, but it is distinguished by its large eggs and the relatively few gland-cells associated with the external seminal vesicle. The genusParalepidapedon, which differs fromNeolepidapedon in the possession of a uroproct, is reviewed and a key to the species given. The genus is considered to include five species.