Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 286–290 | Cite as

Two thousand parasites on a single ray: An infection with two species of skin monogeneans on a blotched fantail ray kept in an aquarium

  • Jean-Lou Justine
  • Adeline Grugeaud
  • Florent Keller
  • Philippe Leblanc
Research Note


A blotched fantail ray, Taeniurops meyeni (Müller et Henle, 1841), was captured in New Caledonia, South Pacific, and kept in a tank for quarantine before exhibition at the Nouméa public aquarium. After 24 days, the ray exhibited a heavy infection with two species of skin monogeneans. A freshwater bath allowed the collection of 1,914 monogeneans, including 1,453 capsalids, Neoentobdella taiwanensis Whittington et Kearn, 2009, on the ventral surface, and 461 monocotylids, Dendromonocotyle pipinna Chisholm et Whittington, 2004, on the dorsal surface. More than 300 monogeneans were prepared on slides to allow precise measurements. Capsalids and monocotylids occupied about 6% and 0.2% of the total ventral and dorsal ray surfaces, respectively.


Monogenea Neoentobdella taiwanensis Dendromonocotyle pipinna ray Taeniurops meyeni public aquarium 


Une raie, Taeniurops meyeni (Müller et Henle, 1841), a été capturée en Nouvelle-Calédonie, Pacifique Sud, et gardée dans un bac en quarantaine avant exposition à l’Aquarium de Nouméa. Après 24 jours, la raie a montré une forte infection par deux espèces de monogènes de la peau. Un bain d’eau douce a permis la récolte de 1914 monogènes, dont 1453 Capsalidae, Neoentobdella taiwanensis Whittington et Kearn, 2009 sur la surface ventrale, et 461 Monocotylidae, Dendromonocotyle pipinna Chisholm et Whittington, 2004 sur la surface dorsale. Plus de 300 monogènes ont été montés en lames pour permettre des mesures précises. Les Capsalidae et les Monocotylidae occupaient approximativement 6% et 0,2% des surfaces ventrale et dorsale de la raie, respectivement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Lou Justine
    • 1
    • 2
  • Adeline Grugeaud
    • 1
  • Florent Keller
    • 2
  • Philippe Leblanc
    • 2
  1. 1.UMR 7138 Systématique, Adaptation, ÉvolutionMuséum National d’Histoire NaturelleParis cedex 05France
  2. 2.Aquarium des LagonsNouméaNouvelle-Calédonie

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