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First record of encysted metacercariae in hydrozoan jellyfishes and ctenophores of the southern Atlantic.

Authors
  • Martorelli, S R
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of parasitology
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1996
Volume
82
Issue
2
Pages
352–353
Identifiers
PMID: 8604116
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Three species of pelagic coelenterates and ctenophores captured in Mar del Plata port, Buenos Aires, Argentina, were examined for digenean parasites. Encysted metacercariae were observed and collected. Cysts were found in the mesoglea of the hydromedusae Phialidium sp. and Liriope tetraphylla, and in the ectenophore Mnemiopsis macradyi. The morphology of the worms resembles that of the lepocreadiid digeneans. This is the first record for a metacercaria encysted in hydromedusae or ctenophores.

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