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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

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Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.12 no.4 Curitiba  1995 

A new classification of the Cestode order Proteocephalidea Mola



Amilcar Arandas Rego

Departmento de Helmintologia. Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. Caixa Postal 926. 20001-900 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Research fellow of CNPq




The morphology, ontogeny, life-cycles and distribution of species of the Order Proteocephalidea (Cestoda), is discussed. A brief historic of the classifications is presented. The actual scheme of taxonomy of WOODLAND (1924-1935) is criticicized and a new classification for the group is proposed. The phylogenetic uniformity of Proteocephalideans is reestablished with this classification. The genera of Monticelliidae (sensu Woodland) are transferred to the subfamilies Proteocephalinae and Corallobothriinae. Only one family is accepted in the Proteocephalidea. Proteocephalidae La Rue. 1911: with five subfamilies: Proteocephalinae. Corallobothriinae. Sandonelliinae. Gangesiinae and Acanthotaeniinae.

Key words: Cestoda, Proteocephalidea, new classification, taxonomy



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Recebido em 20.III.1995; aceito em 26.III.1996.

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