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Acta Parasitologica, Vol.45, No. 4, 2000, 295-298
Bray Rodney A. (1), Cribb Thomas H. (2) - Venusicola inusitatus gen. n., sp. n. (Digenea, Acanthocolpidae) from the Venus tuskfish Choerodon venustus (De Vis) from the southern Great Barrier Reef.

(1) Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK; (2) Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia

The new acanthocolpid genus Venusicola is erected for V. inusitatus sp. n. from the marine tuskfish Choerodon venustus from Heron Island on the southern Great Barrier Reef. This genus is unique in the family in having a greatly elongated ventral sucker with lateral apertural lips and a pavement of blunt spines lining the aperture.

KEY WORDS: Venusicola inusitatus gen. n., sp. n., Digenea, Choerodon venustus, fish, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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