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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Platyhelminthes
Class: Monogenea
Order: Monopisthocotylea
Family: Capsalidae
Genus: Neobenedenia

Neobenedenia is a genus of monopisthocotylean monogenean flatworm parasites.[1][2]

The most common species, N. melleni, causes problematic disease in public aquariums. It was named after ichthyologist Ida May Mellen (1877–1970), who worked at the New York Aquarium from 1916 to 1929.[3][4]


  1. ^ Whittington, I. D. 2004: The Capsalidae (Monogenea: Monopisthocotylea): a review of diversity, classification and phylogeny with a note about species complexes. Folia Parasitologica, 51, 109-122. PDF open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ Orbán, László; Dinh Hoai, Truong; Hutson, Kate S. (2014). "Reproductive strategies of the insidious fish ectoparasite, Neobenedenia sp. (Capsalidae: Monogenea)". PLoS ONE. 9 (9): e108801. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108801. ISSN 1932-6203.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Ida May Mellen (1877-1970)". Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Folia Parasitologica 51: 109–122, 2004