Spathebothrium vivekanandai sp.n. (Platyhelminthes: Cestoidea) from a Freshwater Fish Channa striatus from West Bengal, India
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The monotypic genus Spathebothrium Linton, 1922 contains the only known species Spathebothrium simplex Linton, 1922. In this paper Spathebothrium vivekanandai sp.n. is described and illustrated. The specimen was obtained from the intestine of a freshwater fish Channa striatus which was collected from Basirhat, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India. The species is characterized by a small scolex, rounded anteriorly; presence of neck; genital pores irregularly or regularly alternate and U-shaped ovary. In addition to these characters, absence of vaginal sphincter and absence of seminal receptacle differentiates the present species from the earlier described one. The genus Spathebothrium Linton, 1922 is being reported for the first time from West Bengal, India.
KeywordsSpathebothrium vivekanandai sp.n. Channa striatus First report
The authors are thankful to the Director, Zoological Survey of India for providing necessary facilities during the course of the work. The authors also like to express their sincere thanks to Library Division of the Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata for providing necessary facilities.
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