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Lepidapedon sereti n. sp. (Digenea: Lepidapedidae) in Coelorinchus sereti (Gadiformes: Macrouridae) from deep waters off Vanuatu

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Lepidapedon sereti n. sp. is described from the macrourid Coelorinchus sereti from the deep water off Vanuatu. It is placed in the Elongatum group and Elongatum subgroup. It differs from the other species described in this subgroup by the distinctly dorsally subterminal excretory pore. It also differs from other species in combinations of size, excretory vesicle length, proportions of forebody, post-testicular region and other metric features. This constitutes the first record of a Lepidapedon (sensu stricto) from the Central Western Pacific Ocean.

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We are grateful to B. Richer de Forges (IRD, Nouméa, New Caledonia), Bernard Séret (Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris France), and the crew members of the NO Alis for their help in collecting and/or identifying the fish species.

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Bray, R.A., Faliex, E., Allienne, J.F. et al. Lepidapedon sereti n. sp. (Digenea: Lepidapedidae) in Coelorinchus sereti (Gadiformes: Macrouridae) from deep waters off Vanuatu. Parasitol Res 112, 3981–3989 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00436-013-3642-6

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  • Body Length
  • Ventral Sucker
  • Sensu Stricto
  • Oral Sucker
  • Excretory Pore