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Sharktopus/Bucephalus mytili
Scientific classification
Subclass: Digenea
Order: Strigeidida
Family: Bucephalidae
Genus: Bucephalus
Species: B. mytili
Binomial name
Bucephalus mytili
Cole 1935

Bucephalus mytili is a parasitic flatworm of the class Trematoda.[1] It is a parasite of fish and a parasitic castrator of the mussel Mytilus edulis, where it destroys the mussel's gonads and causes the mussel to grow much larger than normal.[2]


  1. ^ "Bucephalus mytili Cole, 1935 AphiaID: 109154". ERMS European Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Kuris, Armand M. (1974). "Trophic interactions: similarity of parasitic castrators to parasitoids" (PDF). Quarterly Review of Biology. 49 (2): 129–148.