Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 59–67

The Opecoelidae (Digenea) of sparid fishes of the western Mediterranean. VI. A redescription of Macvicaria mormyri (Stossich, 1885) n. comb. and a key to the opecoelids from western Mediterranean sparids


  • Pierre Bartoli
    • Laboratoire de Biologie Marine et d'Ecologie du Benthos, Case 901Faculté des Sciences de Luminy
  • David I. Gibson
    • Department of ZoologyThe Natural History Museum
  • Rodney A. Bray
    • Department of ZoologyThe Natural History Museum

DOI: 10.1007/BF00009649

Cite this article as:
Bartoli, P., Gibson, D.I. & Bray, R.A. Syst Parasitol (1993) 26: 59. doi:10.1007/BF00009649


Distomum mormyri Stossich, 1895, is redescribed from the intestine of Lithognathus mormyrus L. in the western Mediterranean. This description is justified by the inadequacy, by modern standards, of the original description which was based on only two specimens. D. mormyri has rarely been found subsequently. Following a careful search, several specimens were recovered, permitting the allocation of this species to the genus Macvicaria Gibson & Bray, 1982 as M. mormyri n. comb. A key to the opecoelid parasites of sparids in the western Mediterranean, with a list of their hosts, is included.

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