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Descriptions of Wardula bartolii n. sp. (Digenea: Mesometridae) and three newly recorded accidental parasites of Boops boops L. (Sparidae) in the NE Atlantic

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Four species of digeneans parasitic in the bogue Boops boops from the Spanish coast of the NE Atlantic are described. All are new records for this host, but one species is new and the other three are considered to be accidental parasites. Wardula bartolii n. sp. (Mesometridae) is distinguished from its two congeners on the basis of a range of morphometrical features, such as the post-ovarian extent of the uterus, the relative length of the attachment organ, the position of the pharynx and vitelline fields, and the absence of anterior caecal diverticula. The other three species are Lecithaster confusus Odhner, 1905, Aponurus laguncula Looss, 1907 (Lecithasteridae) and Accacladium serpentulum Odhner, 1928) (Accacoeliidae).

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This work was supported by grants REN2003-01758 and BOS2002-878 (MCYT of Spain), CACSA, and HPMD-CT-2000-00037 (20001958 to AK). APO benefits from a grant from MECD. MF is supported by a “Ramón y Cajal” contract from MCYT of Spain.

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Correspondence to Ana Pérez-del Olmo.

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Olmo, A.P., Gibson, D.I., Fernández, M. et al. Descriptions of Wardula bartolii n. sp. (Digenea: Mesometridae) and three newly recorded accidental parasites of Boops boops L. (Sparidae) in the NE Atlantic. Syst Parasitol 63, 97–107 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11230-005-9003-9

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