Journal article

The trypanorhynch cestode fauna of Borneo

Bjoern C Schaeffner, Ian Beveridge

Zootaxa | MAGNOLIA PRESS | Published : 2014


Borneo is considered a centre for biodiversity in both the terrestrial and aquatic environments. However, information on the diversity of parasites and trypanorhynch cestodes infecting sharks and rays in particular is rather limited at present. During a large-scale study focusing on the parasite diversity of elasmobranchs from Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo a total of 520 spiral intestines of elasmobranchs were collected during seven years of extensive sampling. Trypanorhynch cestodes were discovered in 163 specimens belonging to 43 different elasmobranch species (i.e. 17 species of sharks and 26 species of rays). Overall, 50 species of trypanorhynchs were recovered from the hosts' spiral i..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are deeply indebted to Kirsten Jensen (University of Kansas, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Biodiversity Institute, Lawrence, KS, USA) and Janine N. Caira (University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Storrs, CT, USA) for their sampling efforts in Borneo and for providing the trypanorhynch material for this study. This work was funded by an NSF PBI award (grant numbers: DEB 0818696 & 0818823) and NSF BS&I award (grant numbers: DEB 0542846 & 0542941 for Indonesian Borneo; DEB 0103640 for Malaysian Borneo) coordinated by J. N. Caira and K. Jensen. Ethics approval was provided under IACUC authorization protocols from the University of Connecticut.