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Revista mexicana de biodiversidad

versão On-line ISSN 2007-8706versão impressa ISSN 1870-3453


GALLAS, Moisés; CALEGARO-MARQUES, Cláudia  e  AMATO, Suzana B.. A new species of Characithecium (Monogenea: Dactylogyridae) from external surface and gills of two species of Astyanax (Ostariophysi: Characidae) in southern Brazil. Rev. Mex. Biodiv. [online]. 2016, vol.87, n.3, pp.903-907. ISSN 2007-8706.

A new species of Characithecium, a genus of monogenean parasites of Neotropical characids, is described from specimens collected on the body surface and gills of Astyanax aff. fasciatus and Astyanax jacuhiensis from Lake Guaíba, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The new species is similar to Characithecium costaricensis, but differs by having the haptor separated from the body by a long peduncle, and by having an accessory piece composed of 2 subunits in the male copulatory complex - 1 ventral pincer-shaped at the distal end, and 1 dorsal with an expanded rod-shaped proximal end and the distal end containing 3 elongated projections-, and the dorsal bar usually presenting a small median elevation in the anterior margin. This study increases the number of species of Characitecium to 7 and expands our knowledge on the diversity of monogenean parasites of characids.

Palavras-chave : Characids; Dactylogyrid; Ectoparasites; Lake Guaíba; Monogeneans.

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