doc. RNDr. Roman Kuchta, Ph.D.

Job Position: Research Scientist - Laboratory of Helminthology

Contact details

Phone: +420 387775488
Room: 216

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

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: 101 records
Barčák D., Yoneva A., Sehadová H., Oros M., Gustinelli A., Kuchta R. (2019) Complex insight on microanatomy of larval "human broad tapeworm" Dibothriocephalus latus (Cestoda: Diphyllobothriidea). Parasites & Vectors 12 : 408.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-019-3664-8
Hernández-Orts J., Kuchta R., Semenas L., Crespo E., González R.A., Aznar F.J. (2019) An annotated list of the Acanthocephala from Argentina Zootaxa 4663 : 001–064.
DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4663.1.1
Kuchta R., Radačovská A., Bazsalovicsova E., Viozzi G., Semenas L., Arbetman M., Scholz T. (2019) Host Switching of Zoonotic Broad Fish Tapeworm (Dibothriocephalus latus) to Salmonids, Patagonia Emerging Infectious Diseases 25 : 11.
DOI: 10.3201/eid2511.190792
Řežábková L., Brabec J., Jirků M., Dellerba M., Kuchta R., Modrý D., Parker W., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2019) Genetic diversity of the potentially therapeutic tapeworm Hymenolepis diminuta (Cestoda: Cyclophyllidea). Parasitology International 71 : 121–125.
DOI: 10.1016/j.parint.2019.04.009
Scholz T., Kuchta R., Brabec J. (2019) Broad tapeworms (Diphyllobothriidae), parasites of wildlife and humans: Recent progress and future challenges International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 9 : 359–369.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2019.02.001
Bazsalovicsová E., Koleničová A., Kráľová-Hromadová I., Minárik G., Šoltys K., Kuchta R., Štefka J. (2018) Development of microsatellite loci in zoonotic tapeworm Dibothriocephalus latus (Linnaeus, 1758), Lühe, 1899 (syn. Diphyllobothrium latum) using microsatellite library screening Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology 225 : 1–3.
DOI: 10.1016/j.molbiopara.2018.08.003
Hernandez Orts J., Scholz T., Brabec J., Kuzmina T., Kuchta R. (2018) Does the number of genital organs matter? Case of the seal tapeworm Diphyllobothrium (syn. Diplogonoporus) tetrapterus (Cestoda: Diphyllobothriidea) Canadian Journal of Zoology 96 : 193-204.
DOI: 10.1139/cjz-2017-0013
Kuchta R., Choudhury A., Scholz T. (2018) Asian Fish Tapeworm: The Most Successful Invasive Parasite in Freshwaters Trends in Parasitology 34 : 511–523.
DOI: 10.1016/
Kuzmina T., Spraker T., Kudlai O., Lisitsyna O.I., Zabludovskaja S.O., Karbowiak G., Fontaine Ch., Kuchta R. (2018) Metazoan parasites of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus): A new data and review. International journal for parasitology. Parasites and wildlife 7 : 326–334.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2018.09.001
Schäffner B., Kuchta R., Ditrich O. (2018) A century of taxonomic uncertainty: re‑description of two species of tapeworms (Diphyllobothriidea) from Arctic seals. Polar Biology 41 : 2543–2559.
DOI: 10.1007/s00300-018-2396-0
Scholz T., Šimková A., Razanabolana, J.R., Kuchta R. (2018) The first record of the invasive Asian fish tapeworm (Schyzocotyle acheilognathi) from an endemic cichlid fish in Madagascar Helminthologia 55 : 84–87.
DOI: 10.1515/helm-2017-0052
Yoneva A., Scholz T., Kuchta R. (2018) Comparative morphology of surface ultrastructure of diphyllobothriidean tapeworms (Cestoda: Diphyllobothriidea) Invertebrate Biology 137 : 38–48.
DOI: 10.1111/ivb.12202
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
Scholz T., Kuchta R. (2017) A digest of fish tapeworms Vie et milieu - Life and environment 67 : 43-58.
Scholz T., Takemoto R.M., Kuchta R. (2017) First freshwater bothriocephalidean (Cestoda) from tropical South America: a Gondwanan link? Journal of Parasitology 103 : 747-755.
DOI: 10.1645/17-23
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

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