Acta Parasitologica

, 53:382 | Cite as

Some gonad-infecting species of Philometra (Nematoda, Philometridae) from offshore fishes of South Carolina and Georgia, USA, including Philometra charlestonensis sp. nov. from the scamp Mycteroperca phenax

  • František Moravec
  • Isaure de Buron
  • Tiffany G. Baker
  • David González-Solís
Original Paper


Three gonad-infecting species of Philometra Costa, 1845 were, for the first time, recorded from perciform fishes from estuarine and marine waters in South Carolina and Georgia, USA: Philometra charlestonensis sp. nov. from the scamp Mycteroperca phenax (Jordan et Swain) (Serranidae), P. saltatrix Ramachandran, 1973 from the bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix (Linnaeus) (Pomatomidae), and Philometra sp. from the Atlantic croaker Micropogonias undulatus (Linnaeus) (Sciaenidae). The new species is characterized mainly by males (body length 2.65–3.14 mm) with equally long, needle-like spicules (length 132–141 μm) and the gubernaculum (81–93 μm) bearing dorsal transverse lamella-like structures on its distal portion, the body length of gravid females (168–247 mm), the presence of a well-developed anterior bulbous inflation on the female oesophagus, and by the length of the first-stage larvae (544–597 μm). A key to gonad-infecting species of Philometra parasitizing marine and brackish-water fishes is provided.


Parasitic nematode Philometra fish Mycteroperca Pomatomus Micropogonias Atlantic Ocean South Carolina Georgia USA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • František Moravec
    • 1
  • Isaure de Buron
    • 2
  • Tiffany G. Baker
    • 2
  • David González-Solís
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of ParasitologyBiology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicČeské BudějoviceCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of BiologyCollege of CharlestonCharlestonUSA
  3. 3.Parasitología del Necton, El Colegio de La Frontera Sul (ECOSUR)Unidad ChetumalChetumal, Quintana RooMexico

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