Australophiotaenia, Chambrier & Beveridge & Scholz, 2018

Chambrier, Alain De, Beveridge, Ian & Scholz, Tomáš, 2018, Tapeworms (Cestoda: Proteocephalidae) of Australian reptiles: hidden diversity of strictly host-specific parasites, Zootaxa 4461 (4), pp. 477-498 : 495

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Australophiotaenia sp. 10

Syn. Ichthyotaenia sp. of Johnston (1910)

Host. Lowland copperhead, Denisonia superba (Günther, 1858) [now Austrelaps superbus (Günther, 1858) ] ( Ophidia : Elapidae ).

Distribution. Australia (Sydney).

Material studied. None.

Remarks. Johnston (1910) reported this cestode as Ichthyotaenia sp. from D. superba in the Sydney District. In 1912, he stated that the cestodes were conspecific with those found in Pseudechis australis— see Johnston (1912). However, this assumption was based only on the morphological similarity of tapeworms from both hosts. Based on the presumably strict host specificity of species of Australophiotaenia in Australia, this cestode may also represent another species. No voucher material is known to exist.