Superfamily Schistosomatoidea Hassall, 1898

  • Rokkam MadhaviEmail author
  • Rodney A. Bray


Two different family names have been in use for the blood flukes of fishes: the Aporocotylidae Odhner, 1912, and the Sanguinicolidae von Graff, 1907. The Sanguinicolidae was widely accepted and is followed by Yamaguti (1958, 71) and by Smith (2002) in the Keys to the Trematoda. Overstreet & Køie (1989) considered Aporocotylidae to be a junior synonym of Sanguinicolidae. However, Bullard et al. (2009) from a deep and critical analysis of the literature recommended the family name Aporocotylidae for these flukes, and subsequently, this family name is used in all the publications.


Aporocotylidae Sanguinicolidae Blood Fluke Yamaguti Junior Synonym 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyAndhra UniversityVisakhapatnamIndia
  2. 2.Life SciencesNatural History MuseumLondonUK

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