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Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 109-116

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Acanthocephaloides cyrusi n. sp. (Acanthocephala: Arhythmacanthidae) from southeast African teleost fishes

  • Rodney A. BrayAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, British Museum (Natural History)
  • , Mary E. Spencer JonesAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, British Museum (Natural History)
  • , John W. LewisAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London

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Abstract

A new species,Acanthocephaloides cyrusi, is described from the fishesSolea bleekeri andPomadasys commersoni from Lake St. Lucia, Natal, South Africa. It is distinguished from the other species in the genus by the more marked sexual dimorphism in length, the arrangement of hooks, the proboscis with the longest hooks at the anterior-most extremity and the greater size of the proboscis hooks and body spines. An acanthella, which may represent this species, was found in the tanaidApseudes digitalis.