Bray Rodney A. (1), Moore Alec B. M. (2) -
The first record of the elasmobranch parasite Diphterostomum betencourti (Monticelli,
Zoogonidae) in the coastal waters of southern England.
(1) Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD,
UK (email@example.com); (2) Ecology and
Epidemiology Group, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4
Diphterostomum betencourti is reported from the catshark Scyliorhinus canicula
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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