Host relationships and geographic distribution of species of acanthobothrium blanchard, 1848 (Onchoproteocephalidea, onchobothriidae) in elasmobranchs: A metadata analysis

Francisco Zaragoza-Tapia, Griselda Pulido-Flores, Scott L. Gardner, Scott Monks

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Abstract

Species of Acanthobothrium have been documented as parasites of the spiral intestine of elasmobranchs. Results of a metadata analysis indicate that 114 species of elasmobranchs have been reported as hosts of 200 species of Acanthobothrium. The metadata analysis revealed that 3.7% of species of sharks and 14.9% of species of rays that have been reported as hosts to date; some species are parasitized by more than one species of Acanthobothrium. This work provides a Category designation, as proposed by Ghoshroy and Caira (2001), for each species of Acanthobothrium. These Category designations are a tool to facilitate comparisons among members of Acanthobothrium for descriptions of new species in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-49
Number of pages49
JournalZooKeys
Volume2020
Issue number940
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Elasmobranchii
  • Eucestoda
  • Geographic distribution
  • Rays
  • Sharks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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