Thorny-headed worms

Neoechinorhynchus rostratum sp. n. (Acanthocephala: Neoechinorhynchidae) from the Eel, Anguilla rostrata, in Estuarine Waters of Northeastern North America

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1998
Authors:O. M. Amin, Bullock W. L.
Journal:Comparative ParasitologyComp. Parasitol.
Pagination:169 - 173
Date Published:1998///
ISBN Number:1049233X (ISSN)
Keywords:Acanthocephala, Anguilla rostrata, Neoechinorhynchidae, Neoechinorhynchus rostratum sp. n., North atlantic coast of North America

Neoechinorhynchus rostratum sp. n. (Neoechinorhynchidae) is described from the eel, Anguilla rostrata (Le Sueur), in estuarine waters along the New England and Canadian coasts. The new species is very similar to N. cylindratus (Van Cleave, 1913) Van Cleave 1919 with which it has been taxononmically confused. The 2 species can, however, be separated based on egg morphology and the shape of the adult female posterior end, among other features such as host and habitat distribution. Museum specimens of N. cylindratus from eels have been examined and reassigned to the new species.

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