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1 February 2001 DIPHYLLIDEAN CESTODES OF THE GULF OF CALIFORNIA, MÉXICO WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF TWO NEW SPECIES OF ECHINOBOTHRIUM (CESTODA: DIPHYLLIDEA)
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As part of a survey of parasites of elasmobranchs in the Gulf of California, a second and final report of the diphyllidean cestodes resulting from the survey is presented. Of 43 species of elasmobranchs examined for parasites, 7 (Rhinobatos productus, Rhinobatos leucorhynchus, Myliobatis californicus, Myliobatis longirostris, Urobatis halleri, Urobatis maculatus, and Rhinoptera steindachneri) were found to host diphyllidean cestodes, all belonging to Echinobothrium. No species of either of the other 2 diphyllidean genera, Ditrachybothridium or Macrobothridium, were discovered. A greater diversity of diphyllideans was found in 1996 than in 1993. Two new species, Echinobothrium hoffmanorum n. sp. and Echinobothrium rayallemangi n. sp. are described from the spiral intestines of U. maculatus and R. leucorhynchus, respectively. Echinobothrium hoffmanorum is unique in its possession of the following combination of characters: 19–21 apical hooks in each dorsoventral group, 12–22 lateral hooklets in each group, 10–17 cephalic peduncle spines per column, 4–8 testes, 4–10 segments and eggs with a single filament. Echinobothrium rayallemangi is unique in its possession of the following combination of characters: 23 apical hooks in each dorsoventral group, 20–23 lateral hooklets in each group, 2–5 cephalic peduncle spines per column, 4–6 testes, and 4–6 segments. These 2 new species, together with Echinobothrium mexicanum and Echinobothrium fautleyae, brings the total number of diphyllideans known from the Gulf of California to 4. The survey of diphyllidean cestodes of the Gulf of California has resulted in a new host record for Echinobothrium for each of the host species mentioned above, with Rhinobatos and Urobatis representing new host genera and Urolophidae a new host family for Echinobothrium.

Gaines A. Tyler "DIPHYLLIDEAN CESTODES OF THE GULF OF CALIFORNIA, MÉXICO WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF TWO NEW SPECIES OF ECHINOBOTHRIUM (CESTODA: DIPHYLLIDEA)," Journal of Parasitology 87(1), (1 February 2001). https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2001)087[0173:DCOTGO]2.0.CO;2
Received: 24 January 2000; Accepted: 1 June 2000; Published: 1 February 2001
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