Myxobolus pelecicola Voronin et Dudin 2015 is a junior synonym of Myxobolus ladogensis Rumyantsev et Schulman 1997 (Myxosporea: Myxobolidae) infecting the skeletal muscle of sichel Pelecus cultratus (Actinopterygii: Cyprinidae) in Russia

  • Jin-Yong Zhang
  • Xin-Hua Liu
  • Vladimir N. Voronin
  • Alexander S. Dudin
  • Yuri S. TokarevEmail author
Fish Parasitology - Short Communication


Myxobolus pelecicola Voronin et Dudin, 2015 was recently described from the skeletal musculature of sichel Pelecus cultratus. However, another species, Myxobolus ladogensis Rumyantsev et Schulman, 1997, was described previously from the same host, displaying identical tissue localization and spore morphology as in M. pelecicola. Unfortunately, M. ladogensis was overlooked when M. pelecicola was described, resulting in the superfluous description of the latter species, which, according to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, is a junior synonym of M. ladogensis. The description of M. ladogensis is supplemented with SSU rDNA sequence analysis supporting the conspecificity with M. pelecicola. The closest relatives of Myxobolus ladogensis (syn. M. pelecicola) include several muscle-infecting Myxobolus spp. with sequence similarity below 97%.


Myxozoa Morphology 18S rDNA Molecular phylogenetics Taxonomy 



The authors are thankful for anonymous reviewers and section editor for valuable comments on the manuscript.

Funding information

The research is supported by Natural Science Fund of Hubei Province (2018CFA074), Jiangsu Independent Innovation fund for Agriculture (CX(17)2017) and Fund of State Key Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology and Biotechnology (2019FBZ01).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical statement

The biological material examined in the present study was obtained in accordance with Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research (AFS 2014).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Aquaculture Diseases Control, Ministry of Agriculture, State Key Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology and Biotechnology, Institute of HydrobiologyChinese Academy of SciencesWuhanChina
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of ScienceBeijingChina
  3. 3.State Academy of Veterinary MedicineSaint-PetersburgRussia
  4. 4.State Research Institute of Lake and River FisheriesSaint-PetersburgRussia
  5. 5.All-Russian Institute of Plant ProtectionSaint-PetersburgRussia

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