Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 167–176

A redescription ofLepidauchen stenostoma Nicoll, 1913 (Digenea), and a reassessment of the status of the genusLepidauchen Nicoll, 1913


  • Rodney A. Bray
    • Department of ZoologyThe Natural History Museum
  • Pierre Bartoli
    • Laboratoire de Biologie Marine et d'Ecologie du Benthos, EP CNRS no 75Faculté des Sciences de Luminy

DOI: 10.1007/BF01531197

Cite this article as:
Bray, R.A. & Bartoli, P. Syst Parasitol (1996) 33: 167. doi:10.1007/BF01531197


The genusLepidauchen is discussed and defined. It is removed from the family Lepocreadiidae and placed in the family Acanthocolpidae based mainly on its possession of a uterine seminal receptacle. The type, and only valid species,L. stenostoma, is redescribed using material fromLabrus merula from Corsica. Material fromCoris julis andSymphodus tinca from the western Mediterranean off Marseille,L. merula from the western Mediterranean off Valencia,Diplodus annularis andLithognathus mormyrus from the Adriatic Sea off Montenegro, andArchosargus unimaculatus from Venezuela was also examined. Other nominal species are discussed, but none are considered valid within this genus.

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