Parasitology Research

, Volume 115, Issue 4, pp 1617–1625 | Cite as

Morphological and molecular identification of Gyrodactylus bubyri Osmanov, 1965 (Monogenea: Gyrodactylidae) from Caucasian dwarf goby, Knipowitschia caucasica (Berg) (Actinopterygii: Gobionellidae) from a Black Sea lagoon

  • Borislav Stoyanov
  • Tine Huyse
  • Plamen Pankov
  • Boyko B. GeorgievEmail author
Original Paper


Gyrodactylus bubyri Osmanov, 1965, a monogenean parasite of Caucasian dwarf goby Knipowitschia caucasica (Berg) described from Aral Sea and subsequently reported from the same host from Strymon River, Greece, is recorded from Atanasovsko Lake, Bulgarian Black Sea coast (the first record of G. bubyri from the Black Sea basin). The species is redescribed by light and scanning electron microscopy as well as the ITS rDNA sequence is obtained. As comparative materials, specimens of G. bubyri from K. caucasica (Strymon River), G. charon Vanhove and Huyse in Vanhove et al., 2014 from Knipowitschia milleri (Acheron Delta, Greece) and G. micropsi Gläser, 1974 from Potamoschistus microps from North Sea (Belgium) are studied. Comparative morphology and molecular data demonstrate that G. micropsi is a junior synonym of G. bubyri (new synonymy). The validity of G. charon is questioned, pending examination of additional materials in order to prove it as a distinct species or as a junior synonym of G. bubyri.


Gyrodactylus bubyri Gyrodactylus micropsi Gyrodactylus charon Knipowitschia caucasica Gobionellidae Black Sea 



We are grateful to Ministry of Environment and Waters of the Republic of Bulgaria for licenses (NCZP-151/11.05.2012 and NCZP-168/29.04.2013) to carry out studies in Atanasovsko Lake Reserve. The field study was based at Atanasovsko Lake Field Station of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; the assistance of the staff of this station as well as of Dr Gergana P. Vasileva, Konstantin Popov and Dr Pavel Nikolov is acknowledged. We are also grateful to Dr Sven Boström from the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (Stockholm, Sweden) for loaning voucher and paratype specimens. Dr Arseny A. Makarikov (Novosibirsk, Russia) kindly helped with a copy of the article by Osmanov (1965). Facilities developed in the frames of the projects WETLANET (FP7 CAPACITIES Grant 229802), CEBDER (National Science Fund, Ministry of Education, Youth and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria, Grant DO 02-15/2009) and Phylogenetic ultrastructure markers for parasitic worms. Funded by National Science Fund, Ministry of Education, Youth and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria (YS DO 02-271/18.12.2008) were used in the course of the present study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Borislav Stoyanov
    • 1
  • Tine Huyse
    • 2
  • Plamen Pankov
    • 1
  • Boyko B. Georgiev
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem ResearchBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Biology DepartmentRoyal Museum for Central AfricaTervurenBelgium

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