Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 95–102 | Cite as

Ligophorus uruguayense sp. nov. (Monogenea, Ancyrocephalidae), a gill parasite from Mugil platanus (Mugiliformes, Mugilidae) in Uruguay

  • Gabriela Failla Siquier
  • Margarita Ostrowski de Núñez


The present study describes a new species, Ligophorus uruguayense, parasitizing the gills of Mugil platanus Günther, 1880 from the coast of Uruguay. It differs from all other species of the genus mainly in the shape of the ventral bar, the thick process at the distal end of the inner root of ventral anchors, the J-shaped penis accessory piece and the vaginal tube showing transverse annulations at its distal end, the host species, and geographical distribution. This is the first description of a species of Ligophorus from a mullet in the South Atlantic Ocean.


Monogenea Ligophorus gill parasites Mugil platanus mullets Uruguay South Atlantic Ocean 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriela Failla Siquier
    • 1
  • Margarita Ostrowski de Núñez
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratorio de Zoologia de Invertebrados, Departamento de Biología Animal, Facultad de Ciencias, Iguá 4225 8° SUniversidad de la RepúblicaMontevideoUruguay
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y NaturalesUniversidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad UniversitariaBuenos AiresArgentina

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