Redescription of Monticellius indicum Mehra, 1939 (Digenea: Spirorchiidae) from the Heart of Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Costa Rica
Mario Santoro*, 1, Ellis C. Greiner2, Juan Alberto Morales1, Beatriz Rodríguez-Ortíz3
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2009
First Page: 4
Last Page: 8
Publisher Id: TOPARAJ-3-4
Article History:Received Date: 25/11/2008
Revision Received Date: 20/2/2009
Acceptance Date: 25/2/2009
Electronic publication date: 7/4/2009
Collection year: 2009
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Monticellius indicum Mehra, 1939, is redescribed from the heart of green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) at Tortuguero National Park, Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Of the 40 green turtles examined, only 5 (12.5%) were infected with a mean intensity of 1.6. Our specimens are consistent with the original description based on a single fluke from the heart of the same host species in the Arabian Sea, Pakistan, but our redescription provides an unreported range of variation while adding new information about acetabulum structure and egg morphology.