, 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

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Abstract

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.