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1 October 2011 First Record of a Digenean from Invasive Lionfish, Pterois cf. volitans, (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae) in the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean
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Adults of Lecithochirium floridense (Digenea: Hemiuridae) parasitized the stomach in each of 22 necropsied lionfish, Pterois cf. volitans (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae) (prevalence  =  100%, mean intensity  =  11), captured in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean off Beaufort, North Carolina (34°14.83′N, 76°35.25′W). This is the first report of a digenean from the invasive lionfish and that of L. floridense from a species of Pterois. The leech specimen previously identified as Myzobdella lugubris from P. volitans in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean is re-identified as Trachelobdella lubrica based on a study of the original voucher specimen.

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S. A. Bullard, A. M. Barse, S. S. Curran, and J. A. Morris "First Record of a Digenean from Invasive Lionfish, Pterois cf. volitans, (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae) in the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean," Journal of Parasitology 97(5), (1 October 2011). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-2746.1
Received: 8 January 2011; Accepted: 1 March 2011; Published: 1 October 2011
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