Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Di Barton

Dr Di Barton

BSc Zoology, BSc (Hons) Marine Parasitology, PhD Zoology/Parasitology

Di is a parasitologist with expertise in the parasites of wildlife: fish, sharks, terrestrial and sea snakes, crocodiles, freshwater and marine turtles, lizards, and amphibians. She has more than 20 years experience in the identification and description of parasites, particularly helminths and pentastomes. In addition, she is interested in the ecology of parasites and the effects parasites have on the ecology of their hosts.

Prior to joining CSU, Di worked in Fisheries Research for the Northern Territory Government looking at the use of parasites for identification of stocks of various fish and shark species across northern Australia.

Di is currently working on projects involving offshore and inshore commercial fish species, hammerhead sharks, tiger snakes, cormorants and freshwater fish.

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Di is co-ordinator for Parasitology.

Di is also teaching into Introduction to Animal Science and Introduction to Microbiology and Parasitology.

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General Research Interests

Parasite taxonomy and systematics

Transmission patterns and ecology of parasites

Current Research Projects                          

Distribution and characterisation of pentastomes in Australian reptiles

Taxonomy and systematics of various helminth parasites of fish and sharks

Identification of stocks of hammerhead sharks in Australian waters

Characterisation of the helminth fauna of freshwater fish of the Murray-Darling River

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Australian Society of Parasitology

Australian Herpetological Society

Oceania Chondrichthyan Society

American Society for Parasitologists

The Helminthological Society of Washington

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Selected Publications

  1. Moravec, F. & BARTON, D.P. (2018) New records of philometrids (Nematoda: Philometridae) from marine fishes off Australia, including description of four new species and erection of Digitiphilometroides gen. n. Folia Parasitologica. 65: 005. DOI: 10.14411/fp.2018.005.
  2. BARTON, D.P., Taillebois, L., Taylor, J., Crook, D.A., Saunders, T., Hearnden, M., Greig, A., Welch, D.J., Newman, S.J., Travers, M.J., Saunders, R.J., Errity, C., Maher, S., Dudgeon, C. & Ovenden, J.R. (2018) Stock structure of Lethrinus laticaudis (Lethrinidae) across northern Australia determined using genetics, otolith microchemistry and parasite assemblage composition. Marine and Freshwater Research. 69: 487-501.
  3. BARTON, D.P., Smales, L. & Morgan, J.A.T. (2018) A redescription of Serrasentis sagittifer (Rhadinorhynchidae: Serrasentinae) from Rachycentron canadum (Rachycentridae) with comments on its biology and its relationship to other species of Serrasentis. Journal of Parasitology. 104: 117-132.
  4. Taillebois, L., BARTON, D.P., Crook, D.A., Saunders, T., Taylor, J., Hearnden, M., Saunders, R.J., Newman, S.J., Travers, M.J., Welch, D.J., Greig, A., Dudgeon, C., Maher, S. & Ovenden, J.R. (2016) Strong population structure deduced from genetics, otolith chemistry and parasite abundances explains vulnerability to localized fishery collapse in a large sciaenid fish, Protonibea diacanthus. Evolutionary Applications. Doi: 10.1111/eva.12499
  5. BARTON, D.P., Chapman, P.A. & Groom, R.A. (2016) Report of the presence of Hapalotrema synorchis and H. postorchis (Digenea: Spirorchiidae) in marine turtles (Reptilia: Cheloniidae) in Northern Territory waters. Northern Territory Naturalist. 27: 78-85.
  6. BARTON, D.P. & Morgan, J.A.T. (2016) A morphological and genetic description of pentastomid infective nymphs belonging to the family Sebekidae Sambon, 1922 in fish in Australian waters. Folia Parasitologica. 63: 026 doi: 10.14411/fp.2016.026
  7. BARTON, DP, Beaufrère, C, Justine, J-L & Whittington, ID. (2009) Polyopisthocotylean monogeneans from carangid fishes off Queensland, Australia and New Caledonia, with a description of Heteromicrocotyloides megaspinosus sp. nov. Acta Parasitologica.54: 205-217.
  8. BARTON, DP (2007) Pentastomid parasites of the introduced Asian house gecko, Hemidactylus frenatus (Gekkonidae), in Australia. Comparative Parasitology. 74: 254-259.
  9. McKenna, SA, Betts, DA, Pong, W & BARTON, DP (2005) The leech Placobdelloides bancrofti: ectoparasite of the freshwater turtle, Emydura krefftii, in North Queensland, Australia. Journal of Parasitology. 91: 117-121.
  10. BARTON, DP (1999) Ecology of helminth communities in Australian amphibians.  International Journal for Parasitology. 29: 921-926.
  11. BARTON, DP (1998) Dynamics of natural infections of Rhabdias cf. hylae in Bufo marinus (Amphibia) in Australia.  Parasitology. 117: 505-513.
  12. BARTON, DP (1997) Introduced animals and their parasites - the cane toad, Bufo marinus, in Australia.  Australian Journal of Ecology.  22: 316-324.
  13. BARTON, DP (1994) Three species of the genus Dolichosaccus Johnston, 1912 (Digenea: Telorchiidae) from the introduced toad Bufo marinus (Amphibia: Bufonidae) in Australia, with the erection of Meditypus n. subg.  Systematic Parasitology. 29: 121-131.
  14. Cribb, TH & BARTON, DP (1991) Zeylanurotrema spearei n.sp. (Digenea: Brachylaimidae) from the introduced cane toad, Bufo marinus (Amphibia: Bufonidae), in Australia.  Zoologica Scripta.  20: 207-213.
  15. Whittington, ID & BARTON, DP (1990) A new genus of monogenean parasites (Capsalidae: Benedeniinae) from stingrays (Rajiformes: Dasyatidae) with a description of a new species from the long-tailed stingray Himantura uarnak Forsskal from Queensland, Australia. The Journal of Natural History.  24: 327-340.

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