Systematic Parasitology

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A new species of Dermopristis Kearn, Whittington & Evans-Gowing, 2010 (Monogenea: Microbothriidae), with observations on associations between the gut diverticula and reproductive system and on the presence of denticles in the nasal fossae of the host Glaucostegus typus (Bennett) (Elasmobranchii: Rhinobatidae)

  • Ian D. WhittingtonEmail author
  • Graham C. Kearn


Dermopristis cairae n. sp. (Monogenea: Microbothriidae) is described from the skin and possibly from the nasal fossae of the giant shovel-nosed ray Glaucostegus typus (Bennett). The new species is distinguished from D. paradoxus Kearn, Whittington & Evans-Gowing, 2010 by its larger size, body shape, lack of transverse ridges on the ventral surface and absence of a seminal receptacle. Extensive short gut branches lie dorsal to the testes and adjacent to the coiled region of the vas deferens and the oötype, possibly reflecting high metabolic demand in these areas. Denticles are present in the lining of the nasal fossae of G. typus, providing a firm substrate for the cement-based attachment of a microbothriid. However, confirmation that D. cairae inhabits the nasal fossae of G. typus is required.


Seminal Receptacle Vitelline Follicle Nasal Fossa United States National Parasite Collection Vitelline Cell 
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We thank Prof. Janine Caira (University of Connecticut, USA), Dr Kirsten Jensen (University of Kansas, USA) and Mr Lyle Squire (Cairns Marine, Cairns, Queensland, Australia) for screening the host elasmobranch in June, 2001 by freshwater bathing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monogenean Research Laboratory, Parasitology SectionThe South Australian MuseumAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Marine Parasitology Laboratory, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DX 650 418)The University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and BiodiversityThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  4. 4.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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