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 : 494

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Australophiotaenia   sp. 7

Host. Black-headed python, Aspidites melanocephalus (Krefft, 1864)   ( Ophidia   : Pythonidae   ).

Distribution. Australia (West Australia).

Material studied. One fragmented incomplete specimen (five proglottids, one whole-mount) from Perth Zoo, 31.3.1998 ( MUP X 98/02).

Remarks. This fragmented, incomplete specimen without a scolex is in a poor state of preservation and not suitable for reliable morphological description. This morphotype may represent a new species that is typified by a large cirrus-sac, the length of which represents 45–55% of the proglottid width, i.e. the cirrus-sac may overpass the middle line of proglottid.


Universidade do Porto, Museu do Historia Natural