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Acta Parasitologica, Vol. 51, No. 1, 2006, 36-39
Paul Brickle(1), Chaganti Kalavati(2) and Ken MacKenzie(3)* - Henneguya shackletoni sp. nov. (Myxosporea, Bivalvulida, Myxobolidae) from the Falklands mullet, Eleginops maclovinus (Cuvier) (Teleostei, Eleginopidae) in the Falkland Islands

(1)Falkland Islands Government Fisheries Department, P.O. Box 598, Stanley, Falkland Islands; (2)Department of Zoology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam 530 003, Andhra Pradesh, India; (3)School of Biological Sciences (Zoology), University of Aberdeen, Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen AB24 2TZ, U.K.
*Corresponding author: k.mackenzie@abdn.ac.uk
During a survey of the parasite fauna of the euryhaline notothenioid fish Eleginops maclovinus (Cuvier) caught in brackish water creeks in the Falkland Islands, small white cysts were observed in the mesenteries and on the surfaces of the visceral organs and heart. On dissection these proved to be plasmodia of a species of the myxosporean genus Henneguya. This is the first record of a member of this genus from a marine or euryhaline fish in the south-west Atlantic. A comparison of the spore of our species with other species in the genus convinced us that our species is new. This paper describes it as Henneguya shackletoni sp. nov. after the Shackleton Fund which funded the study.
KEY WORDS: Henneguya shackletoni sp. nov., Myxosporea, Eleginops maclovinus, fish, Falkland Islands

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