Folia Parasitologica, vol. 56 (2009), issue 2

Folia Parasitologica 56[2] 99-106 (2009) | 10.14411/fp.2009.015

Three Dendromonocotyle species (Monogenea: Monocotylidae) reported from captive rays, including D. lotteri sp. n. from Himantura gerrardi (Elasmobranchii: Dasyatidae) in the public aquarium at the Atlantis resort, Dubai

David B. Vaughan1, Leslie A. Chisholm2
1 Aquatic Animal Health Research, Two Oceans Aquarium, P.O. Box 50603, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
2 Monogenean Research Laboratory, Parasitology Section, The South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia

Dendromonocotyle lotteri sp. n. is described from the dorsal skin surface of the stingray Himantura gerrardi (Gray) on exhibit in the public aquarium at the Atlantis resort in Dubai. It is differentiated from all other Dendromonocotyle species by the unique morphology of the distal portion of the sclerotised male copulatory organ. Dendromonocotyle lotteri is the second representative in the genus with 56 marginal haptoral papillae having a papillae to loculus association represented numerically as 6-6-8-8. We found Dendromonocotyle colorni Chisholm, Whittington et Kearn, 2001 on the same host specimens at the Atlantis resort public aquarium and Dendromonocotyle kuhlii Young, 1967 on Neotrygon kuhlii (Müller et Henle) kept at Burgers' Zoo Aquarium in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Supplemental information is provided for both D. colorni and D. kuhlii. The presence of Dendromonocotyle infections in public aquaria and host specificity are discussed. A key to the 17 species of Dendromonocotyle is also provided.

Keywords: Monogenea, Monocotylidae, Dendromonocotyle, public aquarium, Himantura gerrardi, Neotrygon kuhlii, Dubai

Received: March 16, 2009; Accepted: May 20, 2009; Published: June 1, 2009


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