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The article presents the original findings of Paracoenogonimus ovatus (Katsurada,1914) in fish in the Southern Bug and the Inhul rivers in Mykolaiv Region in 2012-2014. The roach (Rutilus rutilus), silver bream (Blicca bjoerkna), bream (Abramis brama), crucian (Carassius gibelio), rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus), pike (Esox lucius), pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) were found to be infected with metacercariae of P. ovatus. Metacercariae of P. ovatus are described based on the original material. The highest prevalence of infection was observed in the roach, 82.3 %, the pike was infected in the less degree, with prevalence of 15.3 %. The infection intensity was highest in the roach, up to 247 specimens; that of the pikeperch was the lowest - 17 specimens. The highest occurrence of P. ovatus was observed in the parts of the river Southern Bug in Zhovtnevy, Mykolaiv, Novoodesky Districts, whereas in Voznesenky, Pervomaysky Discticts and in the city of Mykolaiv the occurrence was the lowest. In the area of the river Inhul the parasite was observed mostly in the waters of Bashtansky District in Mykolaiv Region.

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Complex influence of infection by myxosporeans Myxidium gadi Georgevitsch, 1916; Ceratomyxa merlangi Zaika, 1966 and nematode Hysterothylacium aduncum (Rudolphi, 1802) on the morphophysiological and biochemical parameters of the Black sea whiting Merlangius merlangus euxinus (Nordmann, 1840) were studied. Significant decrease of spleenosomatic index and increase of hepatosomatic index in fish with average and high intensity of infection were found. The dependence of hepatic antioxidant enzyme activities on intensity of infection was observed. Increase of superoxidismutase, catalase, glutation-S-transferase activities in fish with average and high intensity of infection and decrease of peroxidase activity in specimens with average intensity of infection were shown.

In blood of frogs in two of seven studied biotopes the presence of the genus Hepatozoon representatives was revealed. Morphometric parametres allowed defining a specific accessory of the revealed haemoparasite Hepatozoon in a blood channel of village Malozaharino frogs which were closest to the species H. magna (Grassi et Feletti, 1891) Labbe, 1899

Geckobia sharygini Bertrand, Kukushkin et Pogrebnyak, sp. n., a parasite of gecko Mediodactylus kotschyi danilewskii (Strauch, 1887) collected from Crimea (Ukraine) is described. The new species differs from other species of the genus by the scutum with convex posterior edge and seven pairs of dorsal stout setae on scutum. Almost 89 % of mites were found on the ventral surface of lizard’s body. Maximum observed parasite charge is 60 specimens for a synanthropic locality and 17 mites for a natural locations. With exception of the newborn lizards, the infestation slightly increased from spring to autumn. The improved key to Pterygosomatidae and some Geckobia is provided. Position of G. sharygini sp. n. and some related species in the genus Geckobia is discussed in connection with phylogeny, distribution and ecological peculiarities of the hosts.