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RNDr. František Moravec, DrSc.

Position Research Scientist - Laboratory of Helminthology
Evolutionary Parasitology
Institute of Parasitology

Contact details +420 387775432


Research interests

Research priorities: Biology, ecology and diversity of nematodes parasitising fishes and some other vertebrates.


ducation and Scientific Experience

He studied at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Brno (specialization for zoology) and graduated in 1962. In 1964, he became a postgraduate student in the Institute of Parasitology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, in Prague, where he was later employed as a reseacher. In 1967, he obtained the degree RNDr. from the University of Brno. In 1969, he defended his candidate thesis "Nematodes of fishes in Czechoslovakia and developmental cycles of some species" in the Institute of Parasitology in Prague and earned the degree of the Candidate of Biological Sciences (C.Sc. = Ph.D.). In the following years, he continued his research of fish helminths, especially nematodes. Results of his more than twenty years' studies in this field became a basis for writing his doctoral thesis "Bionomy of parasitic nematodes of freshwater fishes" on the basis of which he received the title of Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) in 1981. In the same year he was appointed head of the Department of Helminthology of the Institute of Parasitology, then Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (now Academy of sciences of the Czech Republic); the Institute moved from Prague to České Budějovice in 1985. In 1985-1988, he was the Acting Editor of the international journal Folia Parasitologica. In 1988, he was elected a Corresponding Member of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and remained at this position until this Academy was dissolved in 1993. At present he continues to be the head of the Department of Helminthology, of the Laboratory of Nematology, and the curator of the Helminthological Collection of the Institute.

Research Activities and Stays Abroad

For many years his research activity has been oriented mainly to studies of the biology, ecology and taxonomy of helminth parasites of fishes and some other vertebrates, where he has achieved many priority results; he has broad international co-operations. He himself worked in many countries (e.g., in Egypt to study human schistosomosis in 1971-1974, or in Mexico as a professor and a head of the chair and the parasitological laboratory in the Centre for Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV-IPN) in Mérida in 1994-1995). He published about 350 scientific papers, including 11 books. He was an organizer or a co-organizer of two international symposia on fish parasites, three international ichthyoparasitological training courses and the International Workshop on Anguillicolosis of Eels. He has been the supervisor of several Czech and foreign Ph.D. students. He is a member of editorial boards of two domestic and three foreign international scientific journals, of various professional commissions and domestic and foreign scientific societies.

Total found: 398 records
Moravec F., Bakenhaster M.D., Seyoum S., Tringali M.D. (2024) Heterocheilus floridensis sp. n. (Nematoda: Heterocheilidae) from the West Indian manatee Trichechus manatus (Trichechidae, Sirenia) in Florida, USA Folia Parasitologica 71: 006.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2024.006
Moravec F., Dykman L.N., Davis D.B. (2024) Three new species of Ascarophis van Beneden, 1871 (Nematoda: Cystidicolidae) from deep-sea hydrothermal vent fishes of the Pacific Ocean Systematic Parasitology 101: 2.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-023-10130-3
Moravec F., Prouza A. (2024) Some trematodes including three new species from freshwater fishes of Venezuela Folia Parasitologica 71: 7.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2024.007
Shamsi S., Moravec F., Barton D. (2024) Occurrence of Stenurus globicephalae Baylis & Daubney, 1925 (Nematoda: Pseudaliidae) in the blowhole of Globicephala macrorhynchus Gray, 1846 (Cetacea: Delphinidae) in Tasmania, Australia Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 158: 115–122.
DOI: 10.3354/dao03791
Fazaa H.A., Moravec F., Ali A., Saud H.A. (2023) Two new species of Dichelyne Jägerskiöld, 1902 (Nematoda: Cucullanidae) parasitising marine fishes in Iraq Systematic Parasitology 100: 579–590.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-023-10107-2
Moravec F., Fazaa H.A., Ali A., Saud H.A. (2023) Two new and one newly recorded gonad-infecting species of Philometra Costa, 1845 (Nematoda: Philometridae) parasitising marine fishes in Iraq Systematic Parasitology 100: 439–453.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-023-10096-2
Moravec F., Huffman D., De Buron I., Gonzáles-Solís D. (2023) Redescriptions of Spinitectus acipenseri and S. micracanthus (Nematoda, Cystidicolidae), with notes on the taxonomy of Spinitectus-like nematodes parasitising North American fishes Parasite 30: 33.
DOI: 10.1051/parasite/2023036
Barton D., Moravec F., Zhu X., Shamsi S. (2022) Phylogenetic relationships of philometrid nematodes (Philometridae Baylis & Daubney, 1926) inferred from 18S rRNA, with molecular characterisation of recently described species Parasitology Research 121: 127–141.
DOI: 10.1007/s00436-021-07373-8
Bullard S., Moravec F., Ksepka S.P., Warren M.B., Dutton H.R., Huffman D., Yanong R.P.E. (2022) Huffmanela cf. huffmani (Nematoda: Trichosomoididae) infecting swim bladder, peritoneum, and gonad of variable platyfish, Xiphophorus variatus (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae) and eastern mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki (Poeciliidae) in Florida; taxonomy, phylogenetic analysis Parasitology Research 121: 2307–2323.
DOI: 10.1007/s00436-022-07570-z
Moravec F., Chaudhary A., Ahmed M., Shanker H. (2022) New data on the morphology and taxonomy of some spiruridan nematodes (Spirurida) parasitising fishes in Jammu and Kashmir, India Folia Parasitologica 69: 2.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2022.002
Moravec F., Chaudhary A., Kashyap D., Singh S., Kumar Y. (2022) Description of Pseudocapillaria (Discocapillaria) trilobularis n. sp. (Capillariidae) and redescription of Heliconema alatum (Majumdar, 1965) (Physalopteridae), two nematodes parasitising synbranchiform fishes in India Systematic Parasitology 99: 647–657 .
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-022-10053-5
Moravec F., Fazaa H.A., Ali A., Saud H.A. (2022) Five species of Philometra Costa, 1845 (Nematoda: Philometridae) newly recorded from marine fishes in Iraq, including the description of P. arabiensis sp. n. from the ovary of the shrimp scad Alepes djedaba (Carangidae) Folia Parasitologica 69: 031.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2022.031
Moravec F., Walter T., Yuniar A. (2022) Description of Ichthyascaris grandis sp. n., redescription of Raphidascaroides halieutaeae Yin, 1983 and new records of some other raphidascaridid and philometrid nematodes from marine fishes off Java, Indonesia Folia Parasitologica 69: 016.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2022.016
Moravec F., Bakenhaster M.D. (2021) Two new species of philometrid nematodes (Philometridae), Barracudia notabilis n. sp. and Philometra consimilis n. sp., from the ovary of the hound needlefi sh Tylosurus crocodilus (Belonidae) off Florida, USA Helminthologia 58: 271–280.
DOI: 10.2478/helm-2021-0024
Moravec F., Bakenhaster M.D., Seyoum S., Tringali M.D. (2021) Morphological and genetic description of two new species of philometrid nematodes (Philometridae) parasitic in needlefishes (Belonidae) from estuaries of Florida, USA Folia Parasitologica 68: 8.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2021.008
Moravec F., Barton D., Shamsi S. (2021) Philometra longa n. sp. (Nematoda: Philometridae), a new parasite from the abdominal cavity of the eastern sea garfish Hyporhamphus australis (Hemiramphidae, Beloniformes) off Australia Systematic Parasitology 98: 167-175.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-021-09969-1
Moravec F., Barton D., Shamsi S. (2021) Two species of philometrid nematodes (Philometridae) newly recorded from marine fishes off South Australia, including Philometra inconveniens n. sp. from Hyporhamphus melanochir (Valenciennes) (Hemiramphidae) Systematic Parasitology 98: 413–422.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-021-09986-0
Moravec F., Justine J. - L. (2021) Echinocephalus inserratus sp. n. (Nematoda: Gnathostomatidae) from the stingray Pastinachus ater (Dasyatidae) and new records of congeneric and some other nematode larvae from teleost fishes off New Caledonia Folia Parasitologica 68: 014.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2021.014
Moravec F., Mizher J.A., Ali A. (2021) Records of two gonad-infecting species of Philometra (Nematoda: Philometridae) from marine fishes off Iraq, including the description of Philometra parabrevicollis n. sp. from the bigeye snapper Lutjanus lutjanus Bloch (Pisces, Lutjanidae) Systematic Parasitology 98: 443–453.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-021-09988-y
Moravec F., Nagasawa K. (2021) Some Spirurid Nematodes (Spirurida) from Freshwater and Brackish-Water Fishes in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, with Descriptions of Two New Species Acta Parasitologica 66: 163–177.
DOI: 10.1007/s11686-020-00268-1

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