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Acta Parasitologica, Vol.49, No. 1, 2004, 87-88
David Gonzalez-Solis - A new host record for Vasorhabdochona cablei (Nematoda, Rhabdochonidae) in the Pacific coast of Mexico

Parasitologia del Necton, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Unidad Chetumal, Avenida Centenario km 5.5, C.P. 77900, A.P. 424, Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Corresponding address: dgs@ecosur-qroo.mx

This study reports the presence of the nematode Vasorhabdochona cablei in the digestive tract of the white grunt, Haemulopsis leuciscus (syn. Pomadasys leuciscus) collected in the Chamela Lagoon, State of Jalisco, Mexico. This rhabdochonid species is characterized by the absence of longitudinal thickenings or teeth in the anterior end of vestibule, vulva in the anterior part of body and eggs without polar plugs or filaments. Its occurrence in this fish represents a new host record, since V. cablei has only been reported from an estuarine (Gobiomorus maculatus) and marine fish (Gillichthys mirabilis) from neighboring localities in the Pacific coast of Mexico.

KEY WORDS: Vasorhabdochona cablei, Nematoda, Haemulopsis leuciscus, fish, Mexico

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