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Acta Parasitologica, Vol.49, No. 1, 2004, 31-40
Frantisek Moravec(1)* and Ercument Genc(2) - Redescription of three Philometra spp. (Nematoda, Philometridae) from the gonads of marine perciform fishes of Iskenderun Bay (North-East Mediterranean), Turkey
(1)Institute of Parasitology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Branisovska 31, 370 05 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic; (2)Program of Fish Diseases, Department of Aquaculture, Faculty of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Mustafa Kemal University, Tayfur Sokmen Campus, 31034, Hatay, Turkey
*Corresponding author: moravec@paru.cas.cz

The following three species of Philometra Costa, 1845 were recorded from the gonads of marine perciform fishes off the northeastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea (Iskenderun Bay), Turkey: P. lateolabracis (Yamaguti, 1935) from Epinephelus marginatus (Lowe, 1834) and Mycteroperca rubra (Bloch, 1793) (both Serranidae), P. filiformis (Stossich, 1896) from Pagellus erythrinus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Sparidae), and P. saltatrix Ramachandran, 1973 from Pomatomus saltatrix (Linnaeus, 1766) (Pomatomidae). New data on the morphology of all these histozoic parasites were obtained with the use of light and scanning electron microscopy, which made it possible to redescribe these so far little-known species. Males of P. lateolabracis were redescribed in detail on the basis of specimens recovered from M. rubra; conspecific mature females from the same host were described for the first time. Philometra saltatrix was found for the first time since its original description and for the first time outside North America. The finding of P. lateolabracis in M. rubra represents a new host record. The possible importance of these pathogenic parasites for cultures of marine perciform fishes is stressed. A key to Philometra spp. parasitic in the gonads of marine fishes is provided.

KEY WORDS: Parasitic nematode, Philometra, gonads, marine fishes, Epinephelus, Mycteroperca, Pagellus, Pomatomus, Mediterranean Sea, Turkey

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