Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 135–141

Merlucciotrema praeclarum (Manter, 1934) (Digenea: Hemiuridae) redescribed from myctophiform and gadiform fishes of the North Atlantic

  • Rodney A. Bray

DOI: 10.1007/BF00009430

Cite this article as:
Bray, R.A. Syst Parasitol (1996) 33: 135. doi:10.1007/BF00009430


Merlucciotrema praeclarum (Manter, 1934) is redescribed from the deep-sea benthic fishes Bathysaurus mollis, B. ferox and Cataetyx laticeps from various localities in the northern Atlantic Ocean. The genus is close to Plerurus Looss, 1907, but is retained on the basis of the presence of a muscular sinus-organ and, possibly, a rudimentary or degenerate sinus-sac. The subfamily Plerurinae Gibson & Bray, 1979 and the genus Merlucciotrema are redefined.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodney A. Bray
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyThe Natural History MuseumLondonUK