Systematic Parasitology

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Clestobothrium gibsoni n. sp. (Cestoda: Bothriocephalidae) from the bullseye grenadier Bathygadus macrops Goode & Bean (Macrouridae) in the Gulf of Mexico

  • Norman O. Dronen
  • Charles K. Blend


Clestobothrium gibsoni n. sp. is described from the intestine of the bullseye grenadier Bathygadus macrops (Macrouridae) collected in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. The new species can be distinguished from both C. crassiceps (Rudolphi, 1819), the type-species of the genus, and C. neglectum (Lönnberg, 1893), the second species in the genus, by its unique ovary, which is transversely elongate and tapered on both ends rather than being U-or H-shaped, and by having more testes (60-65 vs 40-50 and 35-45 per proglottid). The new species is also compared to Bothriocephalus acheilognathi Yamaguti, 1934 and B. kivuensis Baer & Fain, 1954, two species with similar scoleces which have previously been assigned to Clestobothrium . The generic diagnosis of Clestobothrium is amended to include species with either anoperculate or operculate eggs. This is the first report of an adult tapeworm from a species of Bathygadus , and the first report of a species of Clestobothrium Lühe, 1899 (Bothriocephalidae) from the Gulf of Mexico.


Generic Diagnosis Adult Tapeworm Bothriocephalus Acheilognathi Unique Ovary 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman O. Dronen
    • 1
  • Charles K. Blend
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Parasitology, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries SciencesCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyGordon CollegeWenhamUSA

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