Dr. Florian Reyda, Professor and Researcher, Biology Department and Biological Field Station, recently published an article entitled, “A new species of Neoechinorhynchus (Acanthocephala: Neoechinorhynchidae) from white sucker (Catostomus commersonii) in New York.” It was published in the December 2018 issue of the Journal of Parasitology.
In the article, Reyda and his former Masters student, Margaret Doolin, document their discovery of a new species of fish parasite in Otsego Lake. Neoechinorhynchus bullocki was found in white sucker during fish parasite survey work that Reyda and his students have been doing during the last several years. This work contributes to knowledge in the area of biodiversity and continues to add a parasitological perspective to our knowledge of a locally important water body that has been the subject of research by biologists at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station during the last 50+ years. Margaret Doolin, who was lead author, is continuing her education as a Ph.D. student in biology at the University of Utah.
This work was supported by a collaborative National Science Foundation grant on which Reyda was a participant, as well as two student research grants (SUNY Oneonta research foundation) and a Smithsonian fellowship awarded to Margaret Doolin.
The graphic below includes a scientific illustration and a scanning electron micrograph of the new species described in the article.