On a new species of Neoechinorhynchus Hamann, 1892 (Acanthocephala: Neoechinorhynchoidea Southwell et Macfie, 1925) from Indian threadfin fish, Leptomelanosoma indicum Shaw, 1804 from Visakhapatnam coast, Andhra Pradesh, India

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A new acanthocephalan of the genus Neoechinorhynchus Hamman, 1892 (Acanthocephala: Neoaechinorhynchoidea Southwell et Macfie, 1925) parasitic on threadfin fish, Leptomelanosoma indicum Shaw, 1804 from Visakhapatnam coast, Andhra Pradesh, India is described. Neoechinorhynchus indicus sp. nov is characterized by an enormous body size, structural characteristics of the hooks on proboscis, presence of body annulations, two guard cells, unequal lemnisci, sub-terminal genital pore and the host. N. indicus sp.nov is included in the genus by the presence of three rows of six hooks each on the proboscis and a single layered proboscis receptacle.

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The first author is grateful to the UGC for providing financial assistance under the Fellow Improvement Programme (FIP) and the third author is thankful to Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi for providing the financial assistance as senior research fellow.

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Gudivada, M., Chikkam, V. & Vankara, A.P. On a new species of Neoechinorhynchus Hamann, 1892 (Acanthocephala: Neoechinorhynchoidea Southwell et Macfie, 1925) from Indian threadfin fish, Leptomelanosoma indicum Shaw, 1804 from Visakhapatnam coast, Andhra Pradesh, India. J Parasit Dis 34, 89–93 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12639-010-0013-4

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Keywords

  • Neoechinorhynchus indicus
  • Leptomelanosoma indicum
  • Proboscis
  • Lemnisci
  • Guard cells