Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 97–112

A discussion of the status of the subfamily Baccigerinae Yamaguti, 1958 (Digenea) and the constitution of the family Fellodistomidae Nicoll, 1909

  • Rodney A. Bray

DOI: 10.1007/BF00012260

Cite this article as:
Bray, R.A. Syst Parasitol (1988) 11: 97. doi:10.1007/BF00012260


Contrary to recent reports it is suggested that the subfamily Baccigerinae belongs in the monophyletic family Fellodistomidae and is not closely related to the Lepocreadiidae. This conclusion is based on both morphological and life-history information. The Fellodistomidae contains seven subfamilies: Fellodistominae, Baccigerinae, Lintoniinae, Monascinae, Monodhelminthinae, Proctoecinae and Tergestiinae. Their relationships are discussed. In these groups, at least, the cercarial tail should only be usedas a phylogenetic indicator with great caution.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodney A. Bray
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyBritish Museum (Natural History)LondonEngland

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