Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 129–149 | Cite as

Four closely related but forgotten species of Rhipidocotyle Diesing, 1858 (Digenea: Bucephalidae) in fishes from European seas

  • Pierre Bartoli
  • Rodney A. Bray
  • David I. Gibson


The following species of Rhipidocotyle are described: R. minima (Wagener, 1852) from Chelidonichthys gurnardus, C. lastoviza and Aspitrigla cuculus at various localities off the British Isles; R. nicolli n. sp. from A. cuculus off Plymouth, SW England; R. triglae (van Beneden, 1870) from C. lucernus in the Gulf of Marseilles, western Mediterranean; and R. viperae (van Beneden, 1870) from Echiichthys vipera at various localities off the British Isles. The distinguishing features of the species are discussed in detail. A list of the bucephalid species reported from the Mediterranean Sea is appended.


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Fieldwork on Corsica of PB was carried out under the auspices of the Comité Scientifique de la Réserve Naturelle de Scandola.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Bartoli
    • 1
  • Rodney A. Bray
    • 2
  • David I. Gibson
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille, UMR 6540 CNRS, DIMARCampus Universitaire de LuminyMarseille Cédex 9France
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyNatural History MuseumLondonUK

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