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Volume 53, Issue 3 (Sep 2008)


Trimusculotrema heronensis sp. nov. (Monogenea, Capsalidae) from the skin of the pink whipray Himantura fai (Elasmobranchii, Dasyatidae) from Heron Island, Queensland, Australia

Ian Whittington
  • Monogenean Research Laboratory, Parasitology Section, The South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000, Australia
  • Marine Parasitology Laboratory, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DX 650 418), The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, 5005, Australia
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/ Graham Kearn
  • School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ, UK
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Published Online: 2008-09-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11686-008-0044-5


Trimusculotrema heronensis sp. nov. is described from the skin of the pink whipray, Himantura fai, caught at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. The parasite differs from its closest relative, T. uarnaki, by its greater size and by features of the cirrus. There is evidence that the haptor of T. heronensis secretes cement. The living parasite is unable to swim. Whether Trimusculotrema spp. are benedeniines or entobdellines is discussed.

Keywords: Platyhelminthes; Monogenea; Capsalidae; Trimusculotrema; subfamilial status; ectoparasites of rays

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