ABSTRACT

In the present paper, species of the Proteocephalus-aggregate de Chambrier, Zehnder, Vaucher, and Mariaux, 2004 (Cestoda: Proteocephalidae) reported from centrarchid and percid fishes in North America are reviewed, and their taxonomic status is critically assessed based on a study of type specimens and new material from Canada and the United States. The following 3 species, supposedly strictly specific to their fish definitive hosts, are recognized as valid: (1) Proteocephalus fluviatilisBangham, 1925 (new synonyms Proteocephalus osburniBangham, 1925 and Proteocephalus microcephalusHaderlie, 1953; Proteocephalusrobustus' nomen nudum) from the smallmouth and largemouth bass, Micropterus dolomieu (Lacépède) (type host) and Micropterus salmoides (Lacépède) (both Centrarchidae); (2) Proteocephalus luciopercaeWardle, 1932 (new synonym Proteocephalus stizostethiHunter and Bangham, 1933) from the walleye, Sander vitreus (Mitchill) (type host), and sauger, Sander canadensis (Griffith et Smith) (Percidae); and (3) Proteocephalus pearseiLa Rue, 1919, a parasite of the yellow perch, Perca flavescens Mitchill (Percidae). All species are illustrated based on new, properly heat-fixed material. Scanning electron micrographs of the scoleces of percid tapeworms P. luciopercae and P. pearsei, as well as the bass tapeworms P. fluviatilis and Proteocephalus ambloplitis (Leidy, 1887), the latter of which does not belong to this Proteocephalus-aggregate, are provided for the first time together with a simple key to species identification of proteocephalids from centrarchiform and perciform teleost fishes.

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