High-intensity cardiac infections of Phthinomita heinigerae n. sp (Digenea: Aporocotylidae) in the orangelined cardinalfish, Taeniamia fucata (Cantor), off Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef
Matthew J Nolan, Cinzia Cantacessi, Scott C Cutmore, Thomas H Cribb, Terrence L Miller
Parasitology International | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2016
We report a new species of aporocotylid trematode (Platyhelminthes: Digenea) from the heart of the orangelined cardinalfish, Taeniamia fucata (Cantor), from off Heron Island on the southern Great Barrier Reef. We used an integrated approach, analysing host distribution, morphology, and genetic data from the internal transcribed spacer 2 of the ribosomal DNA, to circumscribe Phthinomita heinigerae n. sp. This is the first species of Phthinomita Nolan & Cribb, 2006 reported from the Apogonidae; existing species and known 'types' are recorded from species of the Labridae, Mullidae, and Siganidae. The new species is distinguished from its 11 congeners in having a body 2977-3539 long and 16.5-22...View full abstract
Awarded by Australian node of the CReefs global research initiative
This study was funded by, and is a contribution from, the Australian node of the CReefs global research initiative (grant number: 209/29), a project generously sponsored by BHP Billiton in partnership with The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Australian Biological Resources Study, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. CReefs is a field program of the Census of Marine Life. We gratefully thank the staff of the Heron and Lizard Island Research Stations for their support and hospitality during our stays.