Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 2209–2219 | Cite as

Two new species of Cardicola (Trematoda: Aporocotylidae) from the damselfish Abudefduf whitleyi (Perciformes: Pomacentridae) and the triggerfish Sufflamen chrysopterum (Tetraodontiformes: Balistidae)

  • Russell Q-Y. YongEmail author
  • Scott C. Cutmore
  • Thomas H. Cribb
Original Paper


Two new species of Cardicola Short, 1953 (Aporocotylidae) are described from fishes from the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Australia. Cardicola abu sp. n. infects the Whitley’s sergeant Abudefduf whitleyi Allen & Robertson (Pomacentridae), and is described from Wistari Reef of the Capricorn-Bunker Group, on the southern GBR. Cardicola yuelao sp. n. infects the halfmoon triggerfish Sufflamen chrysopterum Bloch & Schneider (Balistidae), and is described from off Lizard Island, on the far northern GBR. Morphological analysis and molecular phylogenetic analysis show both species agree with the concept of the genus Cardicola. Balistidae and Pomacentridae are new host families for Cardicola and for aporocotylids in general.


Aporocotylidae Blood fluke Cardicola Digenea Great Barrier Reef Lizard Island Wistari Reef 



The authors thank members of the Marine Parasitology Laboratory of The University of Queensland for their help in obtaining fish for dissection and acknowledge the staff of the Lizard Island, Heron Island and Moreton Bay Research Stations for their support of our research. Thanks are also given to Prof Ian Beveridge of the University of Melbourne for checking the nomenclature of our new species. The authors acknowledge and pay respects to the elders of the Dingaal, traditional owners and custodians of Lizard Island.


Work for this project was partially funded by a Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment awarded to the first author. The first author acknowledges the support of the Australian government through an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship, formerly the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). SCC and THC acknowledge the support of the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) for their ongoing support.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All applicable international, national and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed by the authors.

Sampling and field studies

All necessary permits for sampling and observational field studies have been obtained by the authors from the competent authorities and are mentioned in the acknowledgements, if applicable.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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