Geraerts, M., Muterezi Bukinga, F., Vanhove, M., Pariselle, A., Chocha Manda, A., Vreven, E., Huyse, T. & Artois, A. 2020. ‘Six new species of Cichlidogyrus Paperna, 1960 (Platyhelminthes: Monogenea) from the gills of cichlids (Teleostei: Cichliformes) from the Lomami River Basin (DRC: Middle Congo)’. Parasites & Vectors 13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-020-3927-4. I.F. 3.4.
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Monogenea van Beneden, 1858 is a group of parasitic flatworms, commonly found infecting bony fish. Several genera, such as Cichlidogyrus Paperna, 1960, are reported to include potential pathogenic species that can negatively impact aquaculture fish stocks. They can switch from introduced to native fish and vice versa. In Africa (and all over the world), fish species belonging to Cichlidae are often kept in aquaculture and represent a major source of food. Thus, research on the biodiversity and occurrence of monogenean species on these fish is of importance for aquaculture and conservation. The present study is a survey of the diversity of species of Cichlidogyrus in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on three cichlid species: Orthochromis sp. ‘Lomami’, Serranochromis cf. macrocephalus, and Tilapia sparrmanii Smith, 1840.