Folia Parasitologica, vol. 60 (2013), issue 1

Folia Parasitologica 60[1] 7-16 (2013) | 10.14411/fp.2013.002

A digenean parasite in a mudskipper: Opegaster ouemoensis sp. n. (Digenea: Opecoelidae) in Periophthalmus argentilineatus Valenciennes (Perciformes: Gobiidae) in the mangroves of New Caledonia

Rodney A. Bray1, Jean-Lou Justine2
1 Department of Zoology, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
2 UMR 7138 Systématique, Adaptation, Évolution, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Case postale 51, 55 rue Buffon, 75231 Paris cedex 05, France

Opegaster ouemoensis sp. n. is described from Periophthalmus argentilineatus Valenciennes (Gobiidae). Distinctive features included the weak or undetectable papillae of the ventral sucker and the small, but distinct cirrus-sac. The new species is compared with 25 marine species of Opegaster for which a table of measurements and ratios is presented. The new combination Opegaster queenslandicus (Aken'Ova, 2007) (originally in Opecoelus) is formed. Fifteen mudskippers were intensively examined for parasites; larval anisakid nematodes and acanthocephalans were found, but no monogeneans, cestodes, copepods, isopods, hirudineans or adult nematodes. A brief summary of the helminth parasites of mudskippers is included.

Keywords: Opegaster review, helminths, Nematoda, Acanthocephala

Received: April 30, 2012; Accepted: October 30, 2012; Published: February 14, 2013


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