Systematic Parasitology

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Monogeneans on native and introduced freshwater fishes from Cuba with the description of a new species of Salsuginus Beverley-Burton, 1984 from Limia vittata (Poeciliidae)

  • Edgar F. Mendoza-FrancoEmail author
  • V. M. Vidal-Martínez
  • Y. Cruz-Quintana
  • F. L. Prats León


During a parasitological survey carried out between March and September 2003 in Cuba, the following monogeneans were found on the gills of freshwater fishes: Salsuginus cubensis n. sp. on the Cuban molly Limia vittata Guichenot (Poeciliidae); Cichlidogyrus sclerosus Paperna & Thurston, 1969 and C. tilapiae Paperna, 1960 on the African cichlid Tilapia rendalli Boulenger (Cichlidae); Haplocleidus dispar Mueller, 1936 and Pterocleidus acer Mueller, 1936 (all Dactylogyridae) on the sunfish Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque (Centrarchidae) (new geographical records); and Gyrodactylus sp. (Gyrodactylidae) on the biajaca Nandopsis tetracanthus Valenciennes (Cichlidae) (new host and geographical record). Salsuginus cubensis differs from all other species of the genus in the size and morphology of the copulatory complex. The occurrence of C. sclerosus, C. tilapiae, H. dispar and P. acer in their respective hosts is due to the introduction of these hosts to Cuba. A review of the species composition of the Monogenea in native and introduced freshwater fish from Cuba is presented and the zoogeographical distribution of the species found is briefly discussed.


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The authors owe their thanks to Alberto M. Saúco Roy, Subdirector of the Pescaguan Association, Guantánamo, Cuba, for help with the travel to the Palmarito River and for providing lodging during this visit, and to Raquel Silveira Coffigny at CIP (Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras), Habana, Cuba for arranging logistic support for the fieldwork. Thanks are also due to Patricia Pilitt and Eric P. Hoberg, for providing paratype specimens from the U.S. National Parasite Collection, Beltsville, Maryland, USA and to Tomáš Scholz from the Institute of Parasitology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for revising an early draft of the manuscript. The skilful assistance of Antonio López Rodríguez, Norberto Capetillo, Iván E. Pérez-Santos and Gustavo Arencibia-Carballo (Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras, Habana Cuba) in sampling fish was also greatly appreciated. Fish were identified by Dr. María E. Vega Cendejas (CINVESTAV-Merida). Financial support for this study was provided in part by the ‘Impactos antropogénicos sobre el recurso camarón (fase II) Contrato específico No. 412003855’ PEMEX project. This study is partly based on results from the PhD dissertation of Edgar F. Mendoza-Franco (Department of Marine Resources, CINVESTAV-Unidad Mérida Mexico).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edgar F. Mendoza-Franco
    • 1
    Email author
  • V. M. Vidal-Martínez
    • 1
  • Y. Cruz-Quintana
    • 2
  • F. L. Prats León
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of ParasitologyCentre for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV-Merida Unit)Mérida, YucatánMexico
  2. 2.Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras (CIP)Playa, Ciudad de la HabanaCuba

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