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Spinicauda sumatrana sp. nov. (Nematoda: Heterakidae) from Ludeking’s Crested Dragon, Lophocalotes ludekingi (Agamidae), from the Bukit Barisan Range of Sumatra

  • Charles R. Bursey EMAIL logo , Stephen R. Goldberg and Michael B. Harvey
From the journal Acta Parasitologica


Spinicauda sumatrana sp. nov. is described from the large intestine of Ludeking’s Crested Dragon, Lophocalotes ludekingi (Agamidae) from the Bukit Barisan Range of Sumatra. The new species is assigned to Spinicauda based on the presence of off-set lips in both male and female and a ventrally directed sucker combined with the absence of caudal alae in males. It is the 17th species assigned to the genus and differs from all congeners in the combination of spicule length, presence of a gubernaculum, presence of a tail filament and fourteen pairs of caudal papillae.


Harvey’s research in Indonesia was funded by a National Science Foundation grant (DEB-1146324) to E. N. Smith and M. B. Harvey. Harvey thanks the Ministry of Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, RISTEK, for coordinating and granting research permission. We thank E.N. Smith (UTA) and A. Hamidy (MZB) for loan of host specimens under their care and Christina Pecora for the illustrations.


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Received: 2017-3-15
Revised: 2017-5-2
Accepted: 2017-5-5
Published Online: 2017-7-5
Published in Print: 2017-9-26

© 2017 W. Stefański Institute of Parasitology, PAS

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