Acta Parasitologica

, 53:339 | Cite as

Pseudorhabdosynochus inversus sp. nov. (Monogenea, Diplectanidae) from the halfmoon grouper Epinephelus rivulatus (Perciformes, Serranidae) off New Caledonia

Original Paper

Abstract

Pseudorhabdosynochus inversus sp. nov. is described from three specimens found in a halfmoon grouper, Epinephelus rivulatus, from the external slope of the barrier reef, New Caledonia, South Pacific. The new species is characterised by the structure of its sclerotised vagina, which resembles that of P. epinepheli (Yamaguti, 1938) but has its primary chamber inverted, and by its measurements. The diplectanid fauna of E. rivulatus shows the same pattern as in other groupers, probably belonging to a clade in which fish species harbour both an abundant species of the ‘Pseudorhabdosynochus cupatus group’ (here P. calathus Hinsinger et Justine, 2006) and a rare species (here P. inversus).

Keywords

Monogenea Diplectanidae Pseudorhabdosynochus inversus sp. nov Serranidae Epinephelus rivulatus New Caledonia 

Résumé

Pseudorhabdosynochus inversus sp. nov. est décrit de trois spécimens trouvés chez un mérou demi-lune, Epinephelus rivulatus, de la pente externe du récif barriPre, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Pacifique Sud. La nouvelle espPce est caractérisée par la structure de son vagin sclérifié, qui ressemble B celui de P. epinepheli (Yamaguti, 1938) mais a sa chambre primaire inversée, et par ses mensurations. La faune des Diplectanidae de E. rivulatus montre le mLme patron que chez d.autres mérous, probablement appartenant B un clade, chez lesquels les espPces de poissons hébergent B la fois une espPce abondante du groupe ‘Pseudorhabdosynochus cupatus’ (ici P. calathus Hinsinger et Justine, 2006) et une espPce rare (ici P. inversus).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Équipe Biogéographie Marine Tropicale, Unité Systématique, Adaptation, Évolution (CNRS, UPMC, MNHN, IRD)Institut de Recherche pour le DéveloppementNouméa CedexNouvelle-Calédonie

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