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A discussion on the Heteracanthocephalidae Petrochenko, 1956 (Acanthocephala: Palaeacanthocephala).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12075132     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Several heteracanthocephalid specimens were recovered from the flatfish Rhombosolea leporina (Günther), a host of Heteracanthocephalus peltorhamphi (Baylis, 1944) Petrochenko, 1956 from New Zealand. Unlike H. peltorhamphi, these new specimens have trunk spines. Measurements and proboscis armament of the new specimens are consistent with the worms being Aspersentis minor Edmonds & Smales, 1992 originally described from the Australian flounder Rhombosolea tapirina Günther. A review of the family Heteracanthocephalidae Petrochenko, 1956 was undertaken to assess the validity of its four genera and eight species. The validity of Aspersentis megarhynchus (Linstow, 1892) Golvan, 1960 (syn. Echinorhynchus megarhynchus Linstow, 1892) is questioned. E. megarhynchus is not considered to be an heteracanthocephalid and is relegated to a species inquirenda. A. megarhynchus (Linstow, 1892) of Golvan (1960) nec E. megarhynchus Linstow, 1892 is considered a synonym of A. austrinus Van Cleave, 1929. The monotypic genus Heteracanthocephalus Petrochenko, 1956 is proposed as a synonym of Aspersentis Van Cleave, 1929 because there appear to be insufficient morphological differences between them. Aspersentis peltorhamphi n. comb. is proposed for Heteracanthocephalus peltorhamphi. The monotypic genus Sachalinorhynchus Krotov & Petrochenko in Petrochenko, 1956 is considered valid, but the other heteracanthocephalid genus, Bullockrhynchus Chandra, Rao & Shyamasundari, 1985, also monotypic, is not. B. indicus Chandra, Rao & Shyamasundari, 1985 possesses more features resembling rhadinorhynchids than heteracanthocephalids but only females are known, and therefore the genus and species cannot be placed. There are currently four valid species of Aspersentis and one of Sachalinorhynchus.
Sylvie Pichelin; Lesley Smales; Rodney A Bray
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Systematic parasitology     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0165-5752     ISO Abbreviation:  Syst. Parasitol.     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-20     Completed Date:  2002-08-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111384     Medline TA:  Syst Parasitol     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, 4072, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Acanthocephala / anatomy & histology,  classification*,  ultrastructure
Fish Diseases / parasitology
Intestines / parasitology
Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
Species Specificity

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