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Echinorhynchus brayi n. sp. (Acanthocephala: Echinorhynchidae) from Pachycara crassiceps (Roule) (Zoarcidae), a deep-sea fish

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1999
Authors:M. T. Wayland, Sommerville, C., Gibson, D. I.
Journal:Systematic ParasitologySyst. Parasitol.
Pagination:93 - 101
Date Published:1999///
ISBN Number:01655752 (ISSN)
Keywords:Acanthocephala, Animals, Atlantic Ocean, Caelorinchus, Echinorhynchidae, Echinorhynchus, Echinorhynchus abyssicola, Echinorhynchus brayi, Echinorhynchus canyonensis, Echinorhynchus gadi, Echinorhynchus longiproboscis, Echinorhynchus malacocephali, Echinorhynchus melanoglaeae, Echinorhynchus muraenolepisi, Echinorhynchus petrotschenkoi, Echinorhynchus sebastolobi, Echinorhynchus trachyrinci, Echinorhynchus truttae, Erethizon dorsatum, Female, Fish Diseases, Helminthiasis, Animal, Male, marine environment, morphology, Pachycara crassiceps, Palaeacanthocephala, Parasitology, Perciformes, Pisces, Seawater, species difference, taxonomy, Zoarcidae

Echinorhynchus brayi n. sp. (Palaeacanthocephala: Echinorhynchidae) is described from Pachycara crassiceps (Roule) (Zoarcidae) from the Porcupine Seabight, Northeast Atlantic. The new species closely resembles E. canyonensis Huffman and Kliever, 1977, a parasite of a Pacific zoarcid, but has longer lemnisci, larger eggs and larger testes. E. brayi n. sp. can be readily differentiated from the ten other Echinorhynchus spp. recorded from deep-sea fishes (E. abyssicola, E. gadi, E. longiproboscis, E. malacocephali, E. melanoglaeae, E. muraenolepisi, E. petrotschenkoi, E. sebastolobi, E. trachyrinci and E. truttae), because it has fewer hooks per longitudinal row.

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