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Syst Parasitol. 2016 Oct;93(8):761-70. doi: 10.1007/s11230-016-9662-8. Epub 2016 Sep 14.

Hamacreadium cribbi n. sp. (Digenea: Opecoelidae) from Lethrinus miniatus (Forster) (Perciformes: Lethrinidae) from New Caledonian waters.

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Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK.
Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité, ISYEB, UMR7205 CNRS, EPHE, MNHN, UPMC, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Sorbonne Universités, CP 51, 57 rue Cuvier, 75231, Paris Cedex 05, France.


A new species of Hamacreadium Linton, 1910, H. cribbi n. sp. is described from Lethrinus miniatus (Forster) from the waters off New Caledonia. It is compared with the other species of Hamacreadium reported from lethrinids and is characterised by the size of its eggs which tend to be larger [72-93 (84) vs 54-81 (56) µm long] than those of other species. Other characteristics, such as body size and shape and internal ratios, differentiate H. cribbi from other species; these differences are discussed in detail.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. Ethical approval All applicable institutional, national and international guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed. Annual permits for collecting fish and parasites were issued by Province Sud, New Caledonia, to IRD, from 2003 to 2010.

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