Few digeneans of the family Fellodistomidae are known from the Russian Arctic seas. The taxonomic status of these species, their life cycles and host range raised recurrent questions some of which remain unanswered. To revise species composition and life cycles of fellodistomids in the White Sea we searched for them in several known and suspected hosts: wolffish, flatfishes (definitive), gastropods of the family Buccinidae (second intermediate), and protobranch bivalves (first intermediate). Species identification was based both on morphology and 28S rRNA gene sequences. We found Fellodistomum agnotum in the White Sea for the first time. Buccinum undatum was proved to be intermediate host of both F. agnotum and F. fellis, and metacercariae of F. fellis were registered from two more buccinid species: B. scalariforme and Neptunea despecta. We also found metacercariae of F. agnotum and F. fellis producing eggs in the second intermediate host. Two fellodistomids were found in protobranch bivalves: sporocysts and cercariae of Steringophorus furciger in Nuculana pernula, and sporocysts with large furcocercous cercariae in Ennucula tenuis. The latter were identified as F. agnotum by molecular analysis, thus the entire life cycle of this species was reconstructed.
Translated title of the contributionНовые данные по жизненным циклам трёх видов сем. Fellodistomidae (Digenea) из Белого моря
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere158
JournalJournal of Helminthology
Early online date1 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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