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Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 79, Issue 3, pp 213–225 | Cite as

Species of Haliotrema Johnston & Tiegs, 1922 (Monogenea: Dactylogyridae) from Zanclus cornutus (L.) (Teleostei: Zanclidae) and Acanthurus nigrofuscus (Forsskål) (Teleostei: Acanthuridae) in the South China Sea

  • Yuan Sun
  • David I. Gibson
  • Tingbao YangEmail author
Article

Abstract

Four species of Haliotrema Johnston & Tiegs, 1922, including three new taxa, are described from the gills of two species of coral reef fishes, Zanclus cornutus (Linnaeus) and Acanthurus nigrofuscus (Forsskål), off the Dongsha Islands in the South China Sea. Haliotrema dongshaense n. sp., from Z. cornutus, is differentiated from other existing congeneric species by its peculiar male copulatory organ, comprising a harp-shaped copulatory tube and a cup-shaped base, and two groups of short longitudinal muscles lying on either side of the vaginal vestibule. Haliotrema zigmoidocirrus n. sp. from Z. cornutus and H. nigrofusci n. sp. from A. nigrofuscus are differentiated from other congeneric species by their male copulatory organ, which has a cup-shaped base, bell-shaped middle and Z-shaped distal part, and the latter can be readily differentiated from the former by its distinctively wider haptor and longer connecting bars. Haliotrema sicklocirrus Wang, 2007, from Z. cornutus, is redescribed with additional details, including the sinistral position of the accessory piece of the male copulatory organ, the absence of eyespots and the morphology of the connecting bars.

Keywords

Male Copulatory Organ Intestinal Caecum Accessory Piece Cephalic Region Intestinal Bifurcation 
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Acknowledgements

This research was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31072215) and the President’s Fund of South China Agricultural University (2009K003). We would like to thank Wang Wenbin of Huanan University of Arts and Science, China, for providing specimens.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center for Parasitic Organisms and State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol, School of Life SciencesSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.College of Animal ScienceSouth China Agricultural UniversityGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.Department of ZoologyNatural History MuseumLondonUK

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