ABSTRACT

Codonocephalus is a monotypic genus of diplostomid digeneans and is the only genus in the sub-family Codonocephalinae. The type-species Codonocephalus urniger has an unusual progenetic metacercaria that uses frogs as intermediate hosts and can use snakes as paratenic hosts. Adult C. urniger parasitize ardeid wading birds in the Palearctic. Despite the broad distribution of Codonocephalus, no DNA sequence data are currently available for the genus. In this study, we generated sequence data for nuclear ribosomal and mitochondrial DNA from progenetic metacercaria of the type-species C. urniger from marsh frog, Pelophylax ridibundus, collected in Ukraine. We used partial sequences of the nuclear ribosomal 28S gene to examine for the first time the phylogenetic position of Codonocephalus among the Diplostomoidea.

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