Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 89, Issue 2, pp 167–173 | Cite as

Helicometra boseli Nagaty, 1956 (Digenea: Opecoelidae) in Sargocentron spiniferum (Forsskål) (Beryciformes: Holocentridae) from New Caledonian waters with a review of the Helicometra spp. in holocentrids

  • Rodney A. Bray
  • Jean-Lou Justine


The species Helicometra boseli Nagaty, 1956 is redescribed from the holocentrid Sargocentron spiniferum (Forsskål) off New Caledonia. It is characterised by a short forebody, long cirrus-sac, reaching well into the hindbody, and undulating lateral margins. Stenopera rectisaccus Fischthal & Kuntz, 1964 is considered a synonym. The status of the four species of Helicometra Odhner, 1902 from holocentrids is discussed. Three of the Helicometra species reported from holocentrids exhibit characteristics used to erect the genus Stenopera Manter, 1933, which is currently considered a junior synonym of Helicometra.


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Our thanks are due to Gérard Mou-Tham, Miguel Clarque (IRD, Nouméa) and Cyndie Dupoux, student, who helped in the collection of the fish.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Life SciencesNatural History MuseumLondonUK
  2. 2.ISYEB, Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité (UMR7205 CNRS, EPHE, MNHN, UPMC)Muséum National d’Histoire NaturelleParis cedex 05France

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