Redescription of Clinostomum phalacrocoracis metacercariae (Digenea: Clinostomidae) in cichlids from Lake Kinneret, Israel

Monica Caffara, Rama Falk, Margarita Smirnov, Tamir Ofek, David Cummings, Andrea Gustinelli, Maria L Fioravanti, Nadav Davidovitch

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Clinostomidae are digeneans characterized by a complex taxonomic history, continuously under revision based on both morphological and molecular analysis. Among the 14 species considered valid so far Clinostomum phalacrocoracis has been well described only at the adult stage, whereas the morphology of the metacercarial stage has been reported only once. During a parasitological survey carried out on 262 wild cichlids sampled from Lake Kinneret (Israel) metacercariae referable to C. phalacrocoracis were found in 18 fingerlings. In this study, we report this clinostomid species for the first time in wild fish from Israel describing the metacercarial stage of Clinostomum phalacrocoracis, coupling its morphological description with molecular analysis carried out on ITS rDNA and COI mtDNA sequences.
Original languageEnglish GB
Article number32
Pages (from-to)32
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2014


  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Cichlids/*parasitology
  • DNA, Helminth/genetics
  • DNA, Intergenic/genetics
  • Disease Reservoirs/parasitology
  • Disease Vectors
  • Electron Transport Complex IV/genetics
  • Fish Diseases/epidemiology/*parasitology
  • Israel/epidemiology
  • Lakes
  • Metacercariae/ultrastructure
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Organ Specificity
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid
  • Snails/parasitology
  • Species Specificity
  • Tilapia/parasitology
  • Trematoda/genetics/*growth & development/ultrastructure
  • Trematode Infections/epidemiology/parasitology/*veterinary


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