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 : 491-494

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Australophiotaenia sp. 5

Host. Eastern brown snake, Pseudonaja textilis (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854) ( Ophidia : Elapidae ). Distribution. Australia (Western Australia).

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Abbreviations: OV = percentage of the width of the ovary versus the width of the proglottid; PC = percent of the length of the cirrus-sac to the width of the proglottid; PP = position of the genital pore (cirrus pore) as the % of the proglottid length; SL = Supplementary layer of the eggs

Material studied. One fragmented specimen with scolex (12 whole mounts slides), from Walpeup , Victoria (35°8'10''S 142°1'30''E), 28.11.1985, D.M. Spratt ( ANWC-C525 ) GoogleMaps

Remarks. This species likely represents a new taxon but the material available is fragmented which prevents us describing this taxon formally. It is characterised by a small scolex, 345 width, with a large apical organ, 130 in diameter, by a small ratio of the length of cirrus-sac versus width of the proglottid (13–18%), and by the presence of a third embryophore layer (See Table 2).