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Acanthocephalus parallelcementglandatus and Pseudoacanthocephalus coniformis Amin, Heckmann & Hà, 2014[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Acanthocephala
Class: Palaeacanthocephala
Order: Echinorhynchida
Family: Echinorhynchidae
Cobbold, 1879

Echinorhynchidae is a family of acanthocephalan parasitic worms from the order Echinorhynchida. The adult worms live in the intestines of fishes, amphibians and reptiles. The family contains the following genera, organised by subfamily.[2]

In 2019, Kvach & de Buron added to the family a new species, Harpagorhynchus golvaneuzeti, which represents a new genus, Harpagorhynchus and a new subfamily, the Harpagorhynchinae.[5] The specific epithet refers to two famous French parasitologists, Yves-Jean Golvan and Louis Euzet.[5]


  1. ^ Amin, Omar Mohamed; Heckmann, Richard Anderson; Ha, Nguyen Van (2014). "Acanthocephalans from fishes and amphibians in Vietnam, with descriptions of five new species". Parasite. 21: 53. doi:10.1051/parasite/2014052. ISSN 1776-1042. PMC 4204126. PMID 25331738. open access
  2. ^ Amin, A. O. (2013). Classification of the acanthocephala. Folia Parasitologica, 60(4), 273–305.
  3. ^ a b c Tkach, V.V., Lisitsyna, O.I., Crossley, J.L. et al. Morphological and molecular differentiation of two new species of Pseudoacanthocephalus Petrochenko, 1958 (Acanthocephala: Echinorhynchidae) from amphibians and reptiles in the Philippines, with identification key for the genus. Syst Parasitol 85, 11–26 (2013).
  4. ^ a b c d Smales, L. R., Allain, S. J. R., Wilkinson, J. W., & Harris, E. (2020). A new species of Pseudoacanthocephalus (Acanthocephala: Echinorhynchidae) from the guttural toad, Sclerophrys gutturalis (Bufonidae), introduced into Mauritius, with comments on the implications of the introductions of toads and their parasites into the UK. Journal of Helminthology, 94, E119. doi:10.1017/S0022149X19001044
  5. ^ a b Kvach, Yuriy; de Buron, Isaure (2019). "Description of Harpagorhynchus golvaneuzeti n. gen. n. sp. (Acanthocephala, Harpagorhynchinae n. sub-fam.) with a review of acanthocephalan parasites of soleid fishes in the Mediterranean Basin". Parasite. 26: 15. doi:10.1051/parasite/2019012. ISSN 1776-1042. PMC 6407431. PMID 30848245. open access