Folia Parasitologica, vol. 53 (2006), issue 3

Folia Parasitologica 53[3] 181-188 (2006) | 10.14411/fp.2006.024

Prosorhynchus maternus sp. n. (Digenea: Bucephalidae) from the Malabar grouper Epinephelus malabaricus (Perciformes: Serranidae) off New Caledonia

Rodney A. Bray1, Jean-Lou Justine2
1 Department of Zoology, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
2 Équipe Biogéographie Marine Tropicale, Unité Systématique, Adaptation, Évolution (CNRS, UPMC, MNHN, IRD), Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, BP A5, 98848 Nouméa Cedex, Nouvelle Calédonie

A new species, Prosorhynchus maternus sp. n., is described from the serranid fish Epinephelus malabaricus (Bloch et Schneider) in the waters off New Caledonia. It belongs to a group of Prosorhynchus species from serranids in which the uterus is restricted to the postovarian region. Its distinguishing features include the vitellarium relatively distant from the rhynchus, the cirrus-sac relatively distant from the posterior testis, the distinctly pre-equatorial mouth and several other somatic ratios. New records of Prosorhynchus longisaccatus Durio et Manter, 1968 from Epinephelus cyanopodus (Richardson) and Prosorhynchoides lamprelli Bott et Cribb, 2005 from Caranx papuensis Alleyne et Macleay off New Caledonia are also included.

Keywords: Digenea, Bucephalidae, Prosorhynchus, Serranidae, Epinephelus, New Caledonia

Received: February 20, 2006; Accepted: May 10, 2006; Published: September 1, 2006


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