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Acta Parasitologica, Vol.45, No. 4, 2000, 299-302
Bray Rodney A. (1), Moore Alec B. M. (2) - The first record of the elasmobranch parasite Diphterostomum betencourti (Monticelli, 1893) (Digenea, Zoogonidae) in the coastal waters of southern England.

(1) Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK (; (2) Ecology and Epidemiology Group, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

Diphterostomum betencourti is reported from the catshark Scyliorhinus canicula from the Solent off the Isle of Wight in southern England. This is the first record of this parasite in British waters. The species is partly redescribed from unflattened and flattened material. These specimens clearly show a distinct uterine seminal receptacle, a most usual feature for members of the family Zoogonidae.

KEY WORDS: Diphterostomum, Scyliorhinus, Zoogonidae, southern England, female proximal system
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