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 : 491

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Australophiotaenia sp. 3

Host. Olive python, Liasis olivaceus (Gray, 1842) ( Ophidia : Pythonidae ).

Distribution. Australia (North Territory).

Material studied. One specimen from L. olivaceus (host field No. AUS 002), Northern Territory, 25.05.2001, collected by Ian Beveridge (MHNG-PLAT-85981).

Remarks. A single specimen available is 41 mm long and contains only immature proglottids and one mature proglottid. It is characterised by possessing 153–182 testes, a post-equatorial position of the genital pore (at 55– 60% of the length of the proglottid), and a long cirrus-sac, which represents 38–45 % (x = 42%, n = 4) of the proglottid width (see Table 2).

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