A monogenean (flatworm) parasite, _Neobenedenia_ species, removed from the skin of a barramundi (_Lates calcarifer_) in laboratory culture. Marine Monogenea are studied by the Parasitology Section at the South Australian Museum. Principal Research Scientist Assoc Prof Ian Whittington compiled this short video to highlight several biologies and behaviours by a 'typical' monogenean parasite species from the skin and fins of its fish host. This captioned video shows attachment, gas exchange, egg manufacture and laying, the feeding process and egestion of digested wastes. The specimen, approximately 3 mm long, was captured on video in July 2011 in the laboratory of a former PhD student and now research collaborator, Dr Kate Hutson, James Cook University.
Ongoing research by the South Australian Museum investigates species identification and 'species complexes' among _Neobenedenia_. For example, consult research published by I.D. Whittington (2004) in Folia Parasitologica 51: 109–122. See: folia.paru.cas.cz/pdfs/showpdf.php?pdf=20703