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Further reports of Acanthocolpidae Lühe, 1906 (Digenea) from fishes off New Caledonia, with descriptions of two new species

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Acanthocolpus liodorus Lühe, 1906 and Stephanostomoides tenuis (Manter, 1963) are reported from Chirocentrus dorab (Forsskål) for the first time from off New Caledonia. Stephanostomum noumeaense n. sp. from Carangoides dinema Bleeker is described with an uninterrupted ring of 34–42 circum-oral spines. It differs from other species with a similar circum-oral spine number and configuration, and a similar vitelline distribution, by its short cirrus-sac, not reaching close to the vitellarium. S. paratantabiddii n. sp. from Carangoides fulvoguttatus (Forsskål) is superficially similar to S. tantabiddii Bray & Cribb, 2004, with an interrupted ring of 34–39 circum-oral spines, but differs in its short genital atrium and cirrus-sac, the armament of the ejaculatory duct and the vitelline fields being interrupted at the level of the gonads. Stephanostomum carangi Liu, 1998 from Carangoides fulvoguttatus and S. hawaiiense Yamaguti, 1970 and S. nyoomwa Bray & Cribb, 2003 from Caranx sexfasciatus Quoy & Gaimard are reported from off New Caledonia for the first time, and their measurements are given.

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Dorab wolf-herring are not usually seen at the Nouméa fish market. A discussion with fishmongers revealed that they are usually caught with nets intended for other fish, but are discarded at sea because “nobody wants them, they are full of bones”. Dominique Deschamps, a fisherman, kindly agreed to bring back half a dozen of these fish for us, and his help is here gratefully acknowledged. Bernard Marchand, Charlotte Schoelinck, Marine Briand and Isabelle Mary participated in the parasitological survey. Fish were identified by Ron Fricke (Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany), Bernard Séret (IRD & MNHN, Paris) and Samuel Iglesias (MNHN, Concarneau, France).

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Bray, R.A., Justine, J. Further reports of Acanthocolpidae Lühe, 1906 (Digenea) from fishes off New Caledonia, with descriptions of two new species. Syst Parasitol 83, 39–50 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11230-012-9368-5

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  • Ventral Sucker
  • Oral Sucker
  • Ejaculatory Duct
  • Vitelline Follicle
  • Genital Atrium