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Acanthocephalus parallelcementglandatus and Pseudoacanthocephalus coniformis Amin, Heckmann & Hà, 2014[1]
Scientific classification

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.[3] The specific epithet refers to two famous French parasitologists, Yves-Jean Golvan and Louis Euzet.[3]


  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 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. open access