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Heterocotyle capricornensis n. sp. is described from the gills of Himantura fai collected from Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. It is distinguished from other species in the genus by the morphology of the sclerotised male copulatory organ which is curved and tapered distally, the ovary which loops once before entering the oviduct, and the testis(More)
Rhinobatos typus and Rhynchobatus djiddensis were collected from Heron Island, Australia and examined for monocotylid parasites. Specimens of Neoheterocotyle rhinobatidis (Young, 1967) Chisholm, 1994 and N. rhynchobatis (Tripathi, 1959) Chisholm, 1994 were collected from the gills of Rhinobatos typus. This represents both a new host and new locality record(More)
The Monocotylidae Taschenberg, 1879 is revised based on a cladistic analysis of relationships between the constituent species and genera. The monophyly of the family is supported by three apomorphic character states: division of the haptor into one central and eight peripheral loculi; the ovary looping the right intestinal caecum; and tetrahedral eggs. The(More)
The current classification of the Monocotylidae (Monogenea) is based on a phylogeny generated from morphological characters. The present study tests the morphological phylogenetic hypothesis using molecular methods. Sequences from domains C2 and D1 and the partial domains C1 and D2 from the 28S rDNA gene for 26 species of monocotylids from six of the seven(More)
Dendromonocotyle pipinna n. sp. (Monogenea: Monocotylidae) is described from the dorsal skin surface of Taeniura meyeni Müller & Henle from a public aquarium in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. D. torosa n. sp. was found on the dorsal skin surface of a heavily infected specimen of Aetobatus narinari (Euphrasen) during a post-mortem at the Mooloolaba(More)
The oncomiracidia of the following six species of monocotylids are described: Monocotyle helicophallus and M. spiremae from the gills and Merizocotyle australensis from the nasal fossae of Himantura fai; Neoheterocotyle rhinobatidis and Troglocephalus rhinobatidis from the gills and Merizocotyle icopae from the nasal fossae of Rhinobatos typus. With these(More)
The anterior adhesive areas of a monocotylid monogenean, Merizocotyle australensis (Merizocotylinae), were investigated. They comprise 6 ventral apertures in 2 groups of 3 arranged at the anterolateral margins of the head. These regions are also well supplied with groups of cilia. Each aperture is 13.8 to 15.8 microm wide and contains multiple tubular(More)
The morphological based taxonomy of highly derived parasite groups is likely to poorly reflect their evolutionary relationships. The taxonomy of the monogenean family Capsalidae, which comprises approximately 180 species of flatworm parasites that predominantly attach to external surfaces of chondrichthyan and teleost fishes, is based mainly on six(More)
The oncomiracidium of Neoheterocotyle rhinobatidis (Monogenea, Monopisthocotylea, Monocotylidae) has two pairs of eyes, each eye with a lens and pigment cup. The anterior eyes have a single rhadomere; the posterior ones, two rhadomeres. Lenses are part of the pigment cup cells, as indicated by cytoplasmic connections between them and the pigment cups, and(More)
Close examination of type and new material of Decacotyle lymmae Young, 1967 revealed the presence of two unsclerotised structures on the dorsal surface of the haptor which were overlooked in the original description. We demonstrate that Papillicotyle Young, 1967, distinguished previously from Decacotyle Young, 1967 in part by the presence of unsclerotised(More)