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Type: Journal article
Title: Trimusculotrema heronensis sp nov (Monogenea, Capsalidae) from the skin of the pink whipray Himantura fai (Elasmobranchii, Dasyatidae) from Heron Island, Queensland, Australia
Author: Whittington, I.
Kearn, G.
Citation: Acta Parasitologica, 2008; 53(3):251-257
Publisher: Witold Stefanski Inst Parasitology
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1230-2821
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Ian D. Whittington and Graham C. Kearn
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: Platyhelminthes; Monogenea; Capsalidae; Trimusculotrema; subfamilial status; ectoparasites of rays
Description: The original publication can be found at
RMID: 0020082648
DOI: 10.2478/s11686-008-0044-5
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