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Wouter Fannes, Maarten Vanhove and Tine Huyse (2017)

Redescription of Cichlidogyrus tiberianus Paperna, 1960 and C. dossoui Douëllou, 1993 (Monogenea: Ancyrocephalidae), with special reference to the male copulatory organ

Systematic Parasitology, 94:133-144.

The flatworms of the genus Cichlidogyrus Paperna, 1960 (Monogenea: Ancyrocephalidae) are gill parasites of freshwater fish, affecting predominantly the family Cichlidae. Cichlidogyrus tiberianus Paperna, 1960 and Cichlidogyrus dossoui Doue¨llou, 1993 are among the most widely distributed species of the genus, occurring in several African river basins and infecting many different host species, including the economically important Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus) and redbreast tilapia Coptodon rendalli (Boulenger). Despite their wide distribution, C. tiberianus and C. dossoui have so far been studied only by light microscopy. In this paper they are redescribed on the basis of scanning electron microscopy of newly-collected material. The new material was obtained from redbreast tilapia caught in the Luapula River (D. R. Congo). The haptoral sclerites and genitalia are redescribed and illustrated in detail. Special attention is given to the complex morphology of the male copulatory organ.
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