Molecular Characterization of the First Reported Neoplagioglyphe megastomus (Digenea, Omphalometridae) in Poland

  • V. Sarabeev Department of Biology, Zaporizhzhia National University, Ukraine; Institute of Biology and Science of Earth, Pomeranian University in Słupsk, Poland
  • M. Ovcharenko Institute of Biology and Science of Earth, Pomeranian University in Słupsk, Arciszewskiego 22b, 76200 Słupsk, Poland
  • A. Ahmed Department of Biology, Zaporizhzhia National University, Ukraine
  • R. A. Sueiro Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Institute of Research in Biological and Chemical Analysis, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • J. M. Leiro Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Institute of Research in Biological and Chemical Analysis, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Keywords: 18S rRNA, Gammarus pulex, Pomeranian region, metacercaria


The diversity and taxonomy of metacercariae infecting freshwater amphipods of Poland
are predominantly poorly known. During parasitological surveys of Gammarus pulex (Crustacea:
Amphipoda) in the Pomeranian region of Poland in 2020 and 2021, some specimens of crustaceans were
found to harbour metacercariae. Out of seven observed localities, metacercariae were found in the stream
close to Krępa Słupska and the Lupawa River close to Smoldzino. They were morphologically studied
and sequenced using universal eukaryotic primers that amplify V4–V5 regions of 18S rRNA. The BLAST
analysis and phylogenetic reconstructions aid to define the affiliation of the revealed metacercariae within
the Omphalometridae Looss, 1899. The further differential analysis based on morphologic information
led to the conclusion that the metacercarial form studied herein represents Neoplagioglyphe megastomus
(Baer, 1943). The degree of morphometric variations of taxonomic important features in populations
from different geographic regions was followed up. The reported here form was characterized by a larger
body size that was affected by the processing methods used in the present and previous studies. To our
knowledge, this is the first report of Neoplagioglyphe megastomus in Poland and is the first molecular
characterization of the worm.


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How to Cite
Sarabeev, V., Ovcharenko, M., Ahmed, A., Sueiro, R. A., & Leiro, J. M. (2022). Molecular Characterization of the First Reported Neoplagioglyphe megastomus (Digenea, Omphalometridae) in Poland. Zoodiversity, 56(2).
Fauna and Systematics