Folia Parasitologica, vol. 57 (2010), issue 1

Folia Parasitologica 57[1] 1-10 (2010) | 10.14411/fp.2010.001

Morphometric and molecular characterisation of four new Ceratomyxa species (Myxosporea: Bivalvulida: Ceratomyxidae) from fishes off Lizard Island, Australia

Nicole L. Gunter1,2,3, Mieke A.A. Burger1,2, Robert D. Adlard1,2
1 Biodiversity Program, Queensland Museum, P.O. Box 3300, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia
2 School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia
3 Australian National Insect Collection, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Entomology, Black Moun- tain Laboratories, P.O. Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia

Four new species of Ceratomyxa Thélohan, 1892 are described from the gall bladders of fishes collected off Lizard Island, Australia. These species are characterised using a combination of morphometric and molecular data. Ceratomyxa bartholomewae sp. n. is described from Hyporhamphus dussumieri (Valenciennes) (family Hemirhamphidae); C. koieae sp. n. is described from Sphyraena forsteri Cuvier (family Sphyraenidae); C. pantherini sp. n. is described from Bothus pantherinus (Rüppell) (family Bothidae) and C. reidi sp. n. is described from Chaetodon vagabundus Linnaeus (family Chaetodontidae). A fifth species from Zebrasoma veliferum (Bloch) (family Acanthuridae) is also reported but due to limited material is not formally described here.

Keywords: Ceratomyxa, Myxosporea, Myxozoa, phylogeny, SSU rDNA, new species

Received: December 14, 2009; Accepted: March 2, 2010; Published: March 1, 2010


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