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Volume 60, Issue 1

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Further studies on Toxascaris leonina (Linstow, 1902) (Ascaridida: Ascarididae) from Felis lynx (Linnaeus) and Panthera leo (Linnaeus) (Carnivora: Felidae)

Li-Mei Xue
  • Key Laboratory of Animal Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Hebei Province, College of Life Science, Hebei Normal University, 050024 Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, P. R. China
  • School of Mathematics and Science, Shijiazhuang University of Economics, 050031 Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, P. R. China
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Published Online: 2014-12-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0020

Abstract

Toxascaris leonina (Linstow, 1902) is a most common intestinal parasite of various animals in Felidae and Canidae. In the present paper, light and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to study the morphological aspects of adult worms of this nematode in detail, based on the material collected from Panthera leo (Linnaeus) and Felis lynx (Linnaeus) (Carnivora: Felidae) in China. The results showed that there were some morphometric differences between the present material and the previous studies, including the body size, the width and length of cervical alae, the number of denticles on each lip and the tail length of the female. Previously unreported morphological features were also revealed. These supplementary morphological and morphometric data contributed to a more accurate identification of this worldwide distributed ascarid nematode.

Keywords: Ascaridida; morphology; scanning electron microscopy; taxonomy; Toxascaris leonina

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About the article

Received: 2014-08-12

Revised: 2014-09-08

Accepted: 2014-10-10

Published Online: 2014-12-30

Published in Print: 2014-03-01


Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 60, Issue 1, Pages 146–153, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0020.

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