Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 251–257 | Cite as

Trimusculotrema heronensis sp. nov. (Monogenea, Capsalidae) from the skin of the pink whipray Himantura fai (Elasmobranchii, Dasyatidae) from Heron Island, Queensland, Australia

  • Ian D. Whittington
  • Graham C. Kearn
Original Paper


Trimusculotrema heronensis sp. nov. is described from the skin of the pink whipray, Himantura fai, caught at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. The parasite differs from its closest relative, T. uarnaki, by its greater size and by features of the cirrus. There is evidence that the haptor of T. heronensis secretes cement. The living parasite is unable to swim. Whether Trimusculotrema spp. are benedeniines or entobdellines is discussed.


Platyhelminthes Monogenea Capsalidae Trimusculotrema subfamilial status ectoparasites of rays 


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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.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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