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Ascarophis distortus new species of spiruroid nematode from a chaetodontid fish in the northern red sea



Ascarophis distortus new species of spiruroid nematode from a chaetodontid fish in the northern red sea



Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 91(2): 374-378



A. distortus, the only member of its genus known from the Red Sea or a chaetodontid fish, can be characterized by the following: rounded tails in both sexes, cervical papillae present, esophagus 9-14% of body length, polar plugs and filaments on eggs lacking, vulva near midbody, 4 pairs of postanal papillae, ratio of right to left spicule lengths 1:5-7 and left spicule with distally attached structure. It infected Chaetodon paucifasciatus in the Gulf of Elat.

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