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Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 76, Issue 1, pp 9–18 | Cite as

Telosentis exiguus (von Linstow, 1901) (Palaeacanthocephala: Illiosentidae), a generalist parasite of fishes in the Mediterranean basin

  • Yuriy Kvach
  • Pierre Sasal
Article

Abstract

The morphology of material of the acanthocephalan genus Telosentis van Cleave, 1923 from different parts of the Mediterranean basin is examined in order to assess the validity of T. molini van Cleave, 1923. A redescription of T. exiguus, a generalist species of fishes in the Mediterranean basin, is presented especially in relation to the number of proboscis hooks. The main characteristic of T. exiguus is a cylindrical or club-shaped proboscis, which is covered with 12 longitudinal rows of 14–19 hooks in males and 16–20 in females. Males and females differ in both body size and the number of proboscis hooks. T. molini is considered a junior synonym of T. exiguus. A key to the species of Telosentis is presented.

Keywords

Mediterranean Basin Junior Synonym Cement Gland Apical Hook Helminthological Collection 
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Acknowledgement

We thank Dr Tomáš Scholz (Institute of Parasitology of AS of CR, České Budějovice, Czech Republic) for his valuable comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicČeské BudějoviceCzech Republic
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Biologie et d’Écologie Tropicale et MéditerranéenneUMR 5244 CNRS-EPHE-UPVD, Université de PerpignanPerpignan CedexFrance
  3. 3.UMS 2978 CNRS – EPHE Centre de Recherche Insulaire et Observatoire de l’Environnement (CRIOBE)Papetoai, MooreaPolynésie Française
  4. 4.Odessa Branch of the Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of the National Academy of Science of UkraineOdessaUkraine

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