, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 115-124

Aponurus laguncula looss, 1907 (digenea: Lecithasteridae): a report from herring, Clupea harengus L., in the eastern English channel and a review of its biology

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Abstract

The digenean Aponurus laguncula is reported for the first time from the herring, Clupea harengus, and for the first time from the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean. These specimens from the English Channel are described and differ from previous descriptions only in their greater egg-size, the mean of which is 38 × 18 μm. Their occurrence in the new host and locality is discussed. Comparison with other described species of Aponurus suggests that several may be synonymous with A. laguncula. A. laguncula is euryxenic, with no dominant host-group, but the most frequently recorded host-family is the Carangidae.