RNDr. Roman Kuchta, Ph.D.

Job Position: Research Scientist - Laboratory of Helminthology

Contact details

Phone: +420 387775488
E-mail: krtek@paru.cas.cz, krttek@yahoo.com
Room: 236

Curriculum vitae


  • 2000 – graduated (BSc.) at the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice; BSc. thesis A comparative study of two sympatric species of the genus Eubothrium Nybelin, 1922 (Cestoda: Pseudophyllidea) – parasites of salmonid fish(supervisor T. Scholz)
  • 2002 – graduated (MSc.) at the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice; MSc. Thesis Biology of freshwater species of the genus Eubothrium (Cestoda: Pseudophyllidea), parasites of fish in Europe.(supervisor T. Scholz)
  • 2003 – graduated (RNDr.) at the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice; RNDr. thesis Scholz T., Kuchta R., Salgado-Maldonado G. 2002: Cestodes of the family Dilepididae (Cestoda: Cyclophyllidea) from fish-eating birds in Mexico: a survey of species. Systematic Parasitology 52: 171-182.
  • 2007 – graduated (PhD.) at the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice; PhD. thesis: Revision of the paraphyletic “Pseudophyllidea“ (Eucestoda) with description of two new orders Bothriocpehalidea and Diphyllobothriidea. (supervisor T. Scholz)

Research Activities and Stays Abroad:
Australia (2010); France (2007); Japan (2007); Indonesia (2006, 2008); Switzerland(several stays; 2003–2012); Norway (2005, 2010, 2012); Peru (2004–2009); Russia (2004, 2007); Slovakia (several stays; 2005–2015); Svalbard (2008); Sweden (2010, 2012); Ukraine (2012–2015); United Kingdom (2000–2005, 2011, 2014); USA (2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013); Vietnam and Cambodia (2010); Brazil (2014); Danmark (2014); China (2015).

  • 2000-2004– Large-Scale-Facility Program (European Union-funded) – five stays at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
  • 2005-2014– Synthesys programme (European Union-funded Integrated Activities grant) – several short stays at European Museums (Natural History Museum, London, UK; Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France and Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm)
  • 2005– The Norwegian Government Scholarship pool (University of Bergen and in University of Oslo)
  • 2009– Fubright Fellowship for (post)graduated study and research at University of Connecticut, USA (No. 2008-21-03)


Otto Wichterle Award (2013) – given by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic to stimulate and encourage selected, exceptionally outstanding, promising young scientists.

Teachingat Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia (PřF JU): “Practical Course of Invertebrate Zoology” (from 2000) and “Field Course of Marine Invertebrate Zoology” (from 2002). At University of Ostrava (PřF OU): “Introduction to the Parasitology (from 2012)”



University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Sciences: “Practical Course of Invertebrate Zoology” (from 2000) and “Field Course of Marine Invertebrate Zoology” (from 2002).

University of Ostrava, Faculty of Sciences: “Introduction to the Parasitology (from 2012)


Other activities:

2008–2014: Postdoctoral research associate of NSF project (PEET & PBI; Nos. 0818696 and 0818823 – “A Survey of the Tapeworms (Cestoda: Platyhelminthes) from the Vertebrate Bowels of the Earth”) and coordinator of 6 orders in Global Cestode Database (see http://tapeworms.uconn.edu/).

Publications: 70 scientific papers (1999-2015).
Research Areas:
Helminth parasites of fish

New taxa:

  • Bathycestus brayi Kuchta et Scholz 2004 n. gen. & n. sp. (Bathycestus2004.pdf)
  • Australicola pectinatus Kuchta et Scholz 2006 n. gen. & n. sp. (Australicola2006.pdf)
  • Milanella familiaris Kuchta et Scholz, 2008 n. gen. & n. sp. (Milanella2008.pdf)
  • Bothriocephalidea Kuchta et al., 2008 n. order. (NewOrders2008.pdf)
  • Diphyllobothriidea Kuchta et al., 2008 n. order.
  • Andycestus abyssmus (Thomas, 1953) Kuchta et al., accepted n. gen.
  • Kimocestus ceratias (Tkachev, 1979) Kuchta et al., accepted n. gen.
  • Mesoechinophallus hyperogliphe (Tkachev, 1979) Kuchta et al., accepted n. gen.
  • Plicocestus janickii (Markowski, 1971) Kuchta et al., accepted n. gen.

Total found: 87 records
Caira J., Jensen K., Georgiev B., Kuchta R., Littlewood D., Mariaux J., Scholz T., Tkach V., Waeschenbach A. (2017) An overview of the tapeworms of vertebrate bowels of the earth. In: J.N. Caira and K. Jensen (Eds.), Planetary Biodiversity Inventory (2008–2017): Tapeworms from Vertebrate Bowels of the Earth University of Kansas, Natural History Museum, Special Publication No. 25, Lawrence, KS, USA 1-20.
de Chambrier A., Scholz T., Mariaux J., Kuchta R. (2017) Onchoproteocephalidea. In: J.N. Caira and K. Jensen (Eds.), Planetary Biodiversity Inventory (2008–2017): Tapeworms from Vertebrate Bowels of the Earth Planetary Biodiversity Inventory (2008–2017): Tapeworms from Vertebrate Bowels of the Earth. 251-277.
Hernandez Orts J., Hernández-Mena D.I., Alama Bermejo G., Kuchta R., Jacobson K.C. (2017) Morphological and molecular characterisation of Aporocotyle margolisi Smith, 1967 (Digenea: Aporocotylidae) from the North Pacific hake Merluccius productus (Ayres) (Gadiformes: Merlucciidae) off Oregon, USA Systematic Parasitology 94 : 819-829.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-017-9740-6
Kuchta R., Oros M., Ferguson J., Scholz T. (2017) Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense tapeworm larvae in salmon from North America Emerging Infectious Diseases 23 : 351-353.
DOI: 10.3201/eid2302.161026
Waeschenbach A., Brabec J., Scholz T., Littlewood D., Kuchta R. (2017) The catholic taste of broad tapeworms – multiple routes to human infection International Journal for Parasitology 47 : 831-843.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2017.06.004
Yoneva A., Kuchta R., Mariaux J., Georgiev B. (2017) The first data on the vitellogenesis of paruterinid tapeworms: an ultrastructural study of Dictyterina cholodkowskii (Cestoda: Cyclophyllidea). Parasitology Research 116 : 327-334.
DOI: 10.1007/s00436-016-5295-8
Young C., Miller M.A., Kuchta R., Brabec J., Newsome S.D., Dailey M. (2017) First Report of an Adult Tapeworm (Cestoda: Diphyllobothriidea) in a Southern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) Journal of Wildlife Diseases 53 : 934-937.
DOI: 10.7589/2017-01-020
Brabec J., Kuchta R., Scholz T., Littlewood D. (2016) Paralogues of nuclear ribosomal genes conceal phylogenetic signal within the invasive Asian fish tapeworm lineage: evidence from next generation sequencing data International Journal for Parasitology 46 : 555-562.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2016.03.009
Leštinová K., Soldánová M., Scholz T., Kuchta R. (2016) Eggs as a suitable tool for species diagnosis of causative agents of human diphyllobothriosis (Cestoda) Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases 10 : e0004721.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004721
Levron C., Scholz T., Vancová M., Kuchta R., Conn D. (2016) Ultrastructure of embryonated eggs of the cestode Gyrocotyle urna (Gyrocotylidea) using cryo-methods Zoomorphology 135 : 279-289.
DOI: 10.1007/s00435-016-0310-2
Oros M., Brabec J., Kuchta R., Choudhury A., Scholz T. (2016) A synoptic review of Promonobothrium Mackiewicz, 1968 (Cestoda: Caryophyllidea), parasites of suckers (Catostomidae) in North America, with description of two new species Folia Parasitologica 63 : 008.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2016.008

Documents to download:
Oros et al. 2016 FP (pdf)
Scholz T., Kuchta R. (2016) Fish-borne, zoonotic cestodes (Diphyllobothrium and relatives) in cold climates: A never-ending story of neglected and (re)-emergent parasites Food and Waterborne Parasitology 4 : 23-38.
DOI: 10.1016/j.fawpar.2016.07.002
Bartošová-Sojková P., Kodádková A., Pecková H., Kuchta R., Reed C. (2015) Morphology and phylogeny of two new species of Sphaeromyxa Thélohan, 1892 (Cnidaria: Myxozoa) from marine fish (Clinidae and Trachichthyidae) Parasitology 142 : 660-674.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182014001723
Brabec J., Waeschenbach A., Scholz T., Littlewood D., Kuchta R. (2015) Molecular phylogeny of the Bothriocephalidea (Cestoda): molecular data challenge morphological classification International Journal for Parasitology 45 : 761-771.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2015.05.006
Dallarés S., Pérez-Del-Olmo A., Carrassón M., Kuchta R. (2015) Morphological and molecular characterisation of Ditrachybothridium macrocephalum Rees, 1959 (Cestoda: Diphyllidea) from Galeus melastomus Rafinesque in the Western Mediterranean Systematic Parasitology 92 : 45-55.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-015-9586-8
de Chambrier A., Kuchta R., Scholz T. (2015) Tapeworms (Cestoda: Proteocephalidea) of teleost fi shes from the Amazon River in Peru: additional records as an evidence of unexplored species diversity Revue suisse de Zoologie 122 : 149-163.
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.14580
Gil De Pertierra A., Arredondo N., Kuchta R., Incorvaia I. (2015) A new species of Bothriocephalus Rudolphi, 1808 (Eucestoda: Bothriocephalidea) from the channel bull blenny Cottoperca gobio (Günther) (Perciformes: Bovichtidae) on the Patagonian shelf off Argentina Systematic Parasitology 90 : 247-256.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-015-9549-0
Hernandez Orts J., Scholz T., Brabec J., Kuzmina T., Kuchta R. (2015) High morphological plasticity and global geographical distribution ofthe Pacific broad tapeworm Adenocephalus pacificus (syn.Diphyllobothrium pacificum): Molecular and morphological survey Acta Tropica 149 : 168-178.
DOI: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2015.05.017
Hernandez Orts J., Viola M., García N., Crespo E., González R., García-Varela M., Kuchta R. (2015) A checklist of the helminth parasites of marine mammals from Argentina Zootaxa 3936 : 301-334.
DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3936.3.1
Kuchta R., Scholz T., Brabec J., Wicht B. (2015) Diphyllobothrium, Diplogonoporus and Spirometra. Section III Important Foodborne Parasites, L. Xiao, U. Ryan and Y. Feng (Eds.) 299-326.

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