Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 75, Issue 2, pp 125–145 | Cite as

Five new monogenean species from the gills of Mulloidichthys vanicolensis (Perciformes: Mullidae) off New Caledonia, with the proposal of Volsellituba n. g. and Pennulituba n. g. (Monogenea: Dactylogyridae)

  • Eva ŘehulkováEmail author
  • Jean-Lou Justine
  • Milan Gelnar


Three species of Volsellituba n. g. and two species of Pennulituba n. g. are described from the gills of the yellowfin goatfish Mulloidichthys vanicolensis (Valenciennes) off New Caledonia (South Pacific). Volsellituba and Pennulituba resemble dactylogyrid genera whose species lack eye-spots and possess tandem or slightly overlapping gonads, a single prostatic reservoir, a male copulatory organ without an accessory piece, a dextroventral non-sclerotised vagina, ventral and dorsal anchor/bar complexes, and hooks with shanks comprising a single slender unit. Volsellituba n. g. is characterised by its species having ventral tegumental folds at the level of the vaginal duct, a male copulatory organ with a subterminal basal opening and a two-piece dorsal bar. The following new species of Volsellituba are described: V. orchidea n. sp. (type-species), V. nabla n. sp. and V. elephantina n. sp. Pennulituba n. g. is distinguished by its species possessing a male copulatory organ with a wing-shaped membrane and a dorsal bar with a poorly to non-sclerotised medial part. This genus includes P. piratifalx n. sp. (type-species) and P. cymansis n. sp. A tabular summary of the species of Haliotrema Johnston & Tiegs, 1922 reported from mullids is provided.


Seminal Receptacle Male Copulatory Organ Accessory Piece United States National Parasite Collection Ventral Anchor 
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Trois espèces de Volsellituba n. g. et deux espèces de Pennulituba n. g. sont décrites des branchies du capucin de Vanicolo Mulloidichthys vanicolensis (Valenciennes) de Nouvelle-Calédonie (Pacifique Sud). Volsellituba et Pennulituba ressemblent aux genres de Dactylogyridae dont les espèces n’ont pas d’yeux et possèdent des gonades en tandem ou se recouvrant légèrement, un seul réservoir prostatique, un organe copulateur mâle sans pièce accessoire, un vagin non sclérifié dextroventral, des complexes barres-anchors ventraux et dorsaux, et des crochets avec des manches comprenant une seule unité étroite. Volsellituba n. g. est caractérisé par des espèces ayant des plis tégumentaires ventraux au niveau du canal vaginal, un organe copulateur mâle avec un orifice basal subterminal et une barre dorsale en deux pièces. Les espèces nouvelles suivantes de Volsellituba sont décrites : V. orchidea n. sp. (espèce-type), V. nabla n. sp. et V. elephantina n. sp. Pennulituba n. g. est caractérisé par des espèces possédant une organe copulateur mâle avec une membrane en forme d’aile et une barre dorsale avec une partie médiane peu ou pas sclérifiée. Ce genre inclut P. piratifalx n. sp. (espèce-type) et P. cymansis n. sp. Un tableau des espèces de Haliotrema Johnston & Tiegs, 1922 signalées chez les Mullidae est fourni.



Many thanks are due to Aude Sigura (student) for her help with preparation of monogenean specimens. Ronald Fricke (Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany) kindly identified the fish (from photographs). Angelo di Matteo (IRD, Nouméa) provided technical help. Paolo Galli (University of Milano-Bicocca) is thanked for the loan of vouchers of H. curvipenis. The authors are also grateful to Delane Kritsky (Idaho State University) for a fruitful discussion on this work at the Seventh International Symposium on Fish Parasites, Viterbo, Italy. ER and MG were funded by the Ichthyoparasitology Research Centre, Project No. LC 522 and Research Project of Masaryk University, MSM 0021622416.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva Řehulková
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jean-Lou Justine
    • 2
  • Milan Gelnar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of ScienceMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Équipe Biogéographie Marine Tropicale, Unité Systématique, Adaptation, Évolution (CNRS, UPMC, MNHN, IRD)Institut de Recherche pour le DéveloppementNouméa CedexNouvelle Calédonie

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