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Molecular and morphological characterisation of Rhabdias picardiae Junker, Lhermitte-Vallarino et Bain, 2010 (Nematoda: Rhabdiasidae) from Delaland’s River Frog, Amietia delalandii (Duméril et Bibron, 1841) (Amphibia: Pyxicephalidae) in South Africa

  • Roman Svitin EMAIL logo , Yuriy Kuzmin and Louis du Preez
From the journal Acta Parasitologica


Rhabdias picardiae previously known from the Guttural Toad, Sclerophrys gutturalis (Bufonidae) is described from a new host, Delaland’s River Frog, Amietia delalandii (Pyxicephalidae). The species identification is confirmed by analysis of the COI gene sequence and morphological comparison with the original description. Morphological details of apical structures in adult parasitic R. picardiae, namely, the shape and position of lips, the number and position of external labial papillae, and the buccal capsule morphology are described using light and scanning electron microscopy. The buccal capsule width and length, the distance from anterior end to nerve ring and excretory pore, and ratios of distance to vulva to body length and body length to width were identified as less variable metrical characters in the studied sample of 30 specimens. Adult specimens demonstrated differences in the position of lips in relation to the oral opening and position of the buccal capsule in relation to the oesophagus depending on the size (age) of worms. The infective larvae of R. picardiae are described for the first time and characterised by two lateral alae consisting of two ridges, triangular pseudolabia with rounded tops, and presence of ornamentation on the rounded tail tip.


The authors wish to express their thanks to Mr. Willie Landman for his technical assistance in SEM studies. Light microscopy was performed using the equipment of the Centre of Collective Use of Scientific Equipment “Animalia” (I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine).


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Received: 2017-9-11
Revised: 2017-10-10
Accepted: 2017-10-12
Published Online: 2018-1-17
Published in Print: 2018-3-26

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