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1 October 2009 Alloxenic Distribution of Cystacanths of Two Profilicollis Species in Sympatric Crustacean Hosts in Chile
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The taxonomic status of Profilicollis ( =  Falsifilicollis Webster, 1948) species in crustaceans in Chile is examined. Mole crabs, Emerita analoga (Stimpson 1857), living in the splash zone of a sandy beach at Lenga off the coast of central Chile, harbor Polymorphus (Profilicollis) bullocki Mateo, Córdova and Guzmán 1982, while the estuarine crabs, Hemigrapsus crenulatus (Milne-Edwards, 1837), living in an oligohaline inlet at the same site, harbor Profilicollis spp. cystacanths which cannot be distinguished specifically to either Profilicollis antarcticus Zdzitowiecki 1985 or P. chasmagnathi Holcman-Spector, Mañé-Garzón and Dei-Cas 1977. We found no morphological data supporting records of P. altmani along the coast of Chile. Therefore, and after examination of both their morphology and the literature, we consider that P. bullocki must be reinstated as a valid species in the genus. There is a widespread distribution of habitats, such as sandy beaches and inlets, as well as a variety of host taxa involved in the life cycle of Profilicollis spp. Consequently, they provide an interesting scenario for testing hypotheses regarding the coevolution and host specificity of these parasites.

L. Balboa, A. Hinojosa, C. Riquelme, S. Rodríguez, J. Bustos, and M. George-Nascimento "Alloxenic Distribution of Cystacanths of Two Profilicollis Species in Sympatric Crustacean Hosts in Chile," Journal of Parasitology 95(5), 1205-1208, (1 October 2009). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-1965.1
Published: 1 October 2009
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