Monogeneans from Catfishes in Lake Tanganyika. I: Two new species of Bagrobdella (Dactylogyridae) from Auchenoglanis occidentalis (Siluriformes: Claroteidae)

Archimède Mushagalusa Mulega, Fidel Muterezi Bukinga, John Francis Akoumba, Pascal Masilya Mulungula, Antoine Pariselle
2022 Zoologia (Curitiba)  
In the framework of the study of Siluriform fish monogeneans of Lake Tanganyika, we described two new species of Bagrobdella Paperna, 1969 from Auchenoglanis occidentalis (Valenciennes, 1840). Bagrobdella vanhovei sp. nov. is characterized by the morphology of its MCO which is unique among its congeners, presenting a non-terminal opening, whereas the other species have a terminal opening, and Bagrobdella vansteenbergei sp. nov. characterized by the size of its hooks, which are almost all of the
more » ... same size, and its male copulating organ with a unique shape: a sub-terminal opening and no membrane surrounding. The Multivariate analysis done on morphometrical characters shows that the new and already described species are well individualized, except for Bagrobdella parauchenoglanii Akoumba, Pariselle, Tombi & Bilong Bilong, 2017 and Bagrobdella fraudulenta Euzet & Le Brun, 1990 (but these two species are easily distinguishable by their morphology), and that B. vanhovei sp. nov. has a great intra-specific morphometrical variation.
doi:10.1590/s1984-4689.v39.e22016 fatcat:awwelio3r5fnvghbla2xgchxfq