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Systematic Parasitology

, 63:153 | Cite as

Pseudorhabdosynochus venus n. sp. (Monogenea: Diplectanidae) from Epinephelus howlandi (Perciformes: Serranidae) off New Caledonia

  • Damien D. Hinsinger
  • Jean-Lou Justine
Article

Abstract

Pseudorhabdosynochus venus n. sp. is described from specimens collected from the gills of Epinephelus howlandi off Nouméa, New Caledonia, South Pacific. The male sclerotised quadriloculate organ of P. venus, 61–101 μm in internal length, has an anterior chamber with a thin anterior wall, a very short cone and a short posterior tube. The sclerotised vagina, 50–67 μm in total length, is composed of an anterior open trumpet, an S-shaped canal, a tear-shaped principal chamber and a spherical accessory chamber; all parts are heavily sclerotised. The two squamodiscs have 10–11 rows of separate rodlets and no central closed row of rodlets. P. venus is differentiated from all other species of Pseudorhabdosynochus by the spectacular morphology of its sclerotised vagina. It is the first diplectanid described from E. howlandi.

Keywords

Carmine Picrate Systematic Parasitology United States Parasite National Collection Sclerotised Vagina 
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Résumé

Pseudorhabdosynochus venus n. sp. est décrit à partir de spécimens collectés sur les branchies de Epinephelus howlandi, pêché au large de Nouméa, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Pacifique Sud. L’organe tétraloculé sclérifié mâle de P. venus (longueur interne 61–101 μm), possède une chambre antérieure avec une fine paroi antérieure, un cône très court, et un tube postérieur court. Le vagin sclérifié, long de 50–67 μm, est composé d’une trompette antérieure ouverte, d’un canal en S, d’une chambre principale en larme, et d’une chambre accessoire sphérique; toutes les parties sont fortement sclérifiées. Les deux squamodisques ont 10–11 rangées d’osselets séparés, sans rangée centrale fermée. P. venus se différencie de toutes les autres espèces de Pseudorhabdosynochus par la morphologie spectaculaire de son vagin sclérifié. Il s’agit du premier Diplectanidae décrit chez E. howlandi.

Notes

Acknowledgements

John E. Randall (Bishop Museum, Hawaii) kindly examined and identified our fish specimens. Gérard Mou Tham and Adeline Collet (IRD, Nouméa), and the students Eric Bureau, Maya Robert and Stéphanie Pedron, participated to the fishing operations. Angelo di Matteo (IRD, Nouméa) provided technical help. Sam Tereua, captain of the R/V ‘Coris’, provided safe navigation, counsel and assistance. Michel Kulbicki (IRD, Nouméa) helped with the initial fish identification.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Équipe Biogéographie Marine Tropicale, Unité Systématique, Adaptation, Évolution (CNRS, UPMC, MNHN, IRD)Institut de Recherche pour le DéveloppementNouméa CedexNouvelle Calédonie

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