New species of Rhinebothrium Linton, 1890 (Cestoda: Rhinebothriidea) parasitic in Australian stingrays (Elasmobranchii: Batoidea)
Seven new species of the cestode genus Rhinebothrium Linton, 1890 are reported from the spiral intestines of batoid elasmobranchs from the coasts of Australia. The new species are: Rhinebothrium dasyatidis n. sp. from the smooth stingray Bathytoshia brevicaudata (Hutton) from Spencer Gulf, South Australia; Rhinebothrium bunburyense n. sp. from the southern eagle ray, Myliobatis tenuicaudatus Hector from off Bunbury, Western Australia; Rhinebothrium vandiemeni n. sp. from the reticulate whipray, Himantura australis Last, Naylor & Manjaji-Matsumoto from off Cape van Diemen, Northern Territory; Rhinebothrium fluviorum n. sp. from the estuary stingray, Hemitrygon fluviorum (Ogilby) from Moreton Bay, Queensland; Rhinebothrium urolophi n. sp. from the wide stingaree Urolophus expansus McCulloch from off Beachport, South Australia; Rhinebothrium nickoli n. sp. from the brown whipray Maculabatis toshi (Whitley) and the reticulate whipray, Himantura australis Last, Naylor & Manjaji-Matsumoto, from Nickol Bay, Western Australia and from the white-spotted guitarfish Rhynchobatus australiae (Whitley) from off Broome, Western Australia and Rhinebothrium fungiforme n. sp. from the estuary stingray, Hemitrygon fluviorum (Ogilby) from Fog Bay in the Northern Territory.
We thank the following persons for assistance with this study: Leslie Chisholm at the South Australian Museum for specimen loans, the extensive field collection efforts of Bruce G. Robertson, the laboratory assistance of Michael O’Callaghan, Richard Martin, Elizabeth Moore and Jeanette Clark, the help in accessioning material by the late Patricia Thomas and Madeline Angel, and for help with fish identification, the late John Glover, John Stevens and Peter Last in Hobart; Lauren Brown and Terry Walker, Queenscliff, Victoria; Klaus Rohde from the University of New England; Peter O’Donoghue, Robert Adlard, Ingo Ernst, Ian Whittington, Tom Cribb, Sylvie Pichelin, Malcolm Jones and John Pearson from the University of Queensland; Lester Cannon, from the Queensland Museum and David Blair and Diane Barton from James Cook University. Special thanks to the late Louis Euzet for kindly reviewing and providing a critique of the original Masters thesis of Garrett Coleman, D.V.M. completed at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth under the supervision of R. A. Campbell. All material was collected under grants provided by the Australian Biological Resources Study to I. Beveridge and T. H. Cribb (RF215-40).
Collections of specimens described herein was supported by the Australian Biological Resources Study.
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