Storm Martin

Storm Martin

PhD Graduate

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  • PhD, 2015-2019. The University of Queensland
  • BSc (Honours) Zoology, 2013. The University of Queensland
  • BSc Zoology, 2009-2012. The University of Queensland
  • BIT Software Information Systems, 2009-2012. The University of Queensland

Integrating tradional taxonomy with modern sequencing to reorganise the largest trematode family, the Opecoelidae


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My PhD research with the Marine Parasitology Laboratory focussed on the Opecoelidae. With over 900 known species across some 100 recognised genera, the Opecoelidae is the largest of all trematode families. Opecoelids aren't incredibly exciting to look at, even by worm standards: they lack the crazy spines and tentacles seen in some other lineages and, despite their richness, morphological variation within the group is limited. This lack of morphological diversity has resulted in a history of confusion around classification among opecoelids; many genera are poorly defined, and some have even been termed 'waste-baskets,' dumping grounds for poorly described or especially generalised species.

I attempted to resolve these systematics issues, by combining morphological study with DNA sequence data analyses for as broad a sample of opecoelids as possible. I found that not only are many opecoelid genera polyphyletic and in need of revision, but also that the subfamily level arrangement of the family was inadequate. I revised several important species and genus concepts, discovered and described 20 new species and 9 new genera and proposed dramatic changes at all levels of classification within the family. Following my investigations, the subfamily organisation of the family is now much more satisfactorily consistent with phylogenetic, morphological and ecological evidence, although my research has also established important groundwork for myriad further investigations.

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I have been fortunate enough to have my PhD studies supported by the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), the Holsworth Fund and the Ecological Society of Australia, the PADI foundation, the Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP), and the School of Biological Sciences and the Graduate School at the University of Queensland, in addition to the Australian Government's APA scholarship. Support from these institutions has greatly increased the scope and impact of my research, providing me with increased opportunity to conduct field collection, attend international conferences and generate DNA sequence data.




Martin, SB, Cutmore, SC, and Cribb, TH (2019). The Pseudoplagioporinae, a new subfamily in the Opecoelidae Ozaki, 1925 (Trematoda) for a small clade parasitizing mainly lethrinid fishes, with three new species. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. access article

Martin, SB, Downie, AJ, and Cribb, TH (2019). A new subfamily for a clade of opecoelids (Trematoda: Digenea) exploiting marine fishes as second-intermediate hosts, with the first report of opecoelid metacercariae from an elasmobranch. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. access article

Martin, SB, Huston, DC, Cutmore, SC, and Cribb, TH (2019). A new classification for deep-sea, opecoelid trematodes based on the phylogenetic position of some unusual taxa from shallow-water, herbivorous fishes off south-west Australia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 186: 385–413. access article


Martin, SB, Cribb, TH, Cutmore, SC and Huston, DC (2018). The phylogenetic position of Choerodonicola Cribb, 2005 (Digenea: Opecoelidae) with a partial life cycle for a new species from the blue-barred parrotfish Scarus ghobban Forsskål (Scaridae) in Moreton Bay, Australia. Systematic Parasitology 95: 337–352. access article

Martin, SB, Crouch, K, Cutmore, SC and Cribb, TH (2018). Expansion of the concept of the Opistholebetinae Fukui, 1929 (Digenea: Opecoelidae Ozaki, 1925), with Magnaosimum brooksae n. g., n. sp. from Tripodichthys angustifrons (Hollard) (Tetraodontiformes: Triacanthidae) in Moreton Bay, Australia. Systematic Parasitology 95: 121–132. access article

Martin, SB, Cutmore, SC and Cribb, TH (2018). Revision of Podocotyloides Yamaguti, 1934 (Digenea: Opecoelidae), resurrection of Pedunculacetabulum Yamaguti, 1934, and the naming of a cryptic opecoelid species. Systematic Parasitology 95: 1–31. access article

Martin, SB, Sasal, P, Cutmore, SC, Ward, S, Aeby, GS and Cribb, TH (2018). Intermediate host-switches drive diversification among the largest trematode family: evidence from the Polypipapiliotrematinae n. subf. (Opecoelidae), parasites transmitted to butterflyfishes via predation of coral polyps. International Journal for Parasitology 48: 1107–1126. access article

Martin, SB, Ribu, D, Cutmore, SC and Cribb, TH (2018). Opistholobetines (Digenea: Opecoelidae) in Australian tetraodontiform fishes. Systematic Parasitology 95: 743–781. access article


Martin, SB, Cutmore, SC, Ward, S and Cribb, TH (2017). An updated concept and revised composition for Hamacreadium Linton, 1910 (Opecoelidae: Plagioporinae) clarifies a previously obscured pattern of host-specificity among species. Zootaxa 4254: 151–187. access article

Martin, SB, Cutmore, SC, and Cribb, TH (2017). Revision of Neolebouria Gibson, 1976 (Digenea: Opecoelidae), with Trilobovarium n. g., for species infecting tropical and subtropical shallow-water fishes. Systematic Parasitology 94: 307–338. access article


Cribb, TH, Bray, RA, Diaz, PE, Huston, DC, Kudlai, OS, Martin, SB, Yong, RQ-Y & Cutmore, SC (2016). Trematodes of fishes of the Indo-west Pacific: told and untold richness. Systematic Parasitology 93: 237–247. access article