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Volume 62, Issue 1


A taxonomic review of hymenolepidids (Eucestoda, Hymenolepididae) from dormice (Rodentia, Gliridae), with descriptions of two new species

Arseny A. Makarikov
  • Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Frunze Str. 11, 630091 Novosibirsk, Russia
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Published Online: 2016-12-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0001


In present study the systematic and taxonomic position of hymenolepidids parasitizing rodents of the family Gliridae from Europe and Central Asia is discussed. Hymenolepis myoxi is redescribed on the basis of the type material from the fat dormouse Glis glis deposited in the collection of the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany. Significant corrections of morphologically distinctive characters attributable to H. myoxi include: (1) recognition of a rudimentary rostellar apparatus; (2) absence of rostellar hooks and spination on the suckers; and (3) tissues of the scolex and neck filled with numerous “firm elements”. Hymenolepis sulcata was recognised as a synonym of H. myoxi (sensu stricto). The generic allocation of true H. myoxi and validity of the genus Armadolepis is clarified. Specimens from Eliomys quercinus originally designated as H. myoxi by Baer (1932) are described as a new species, Armadolepis jeanbaeri n. sp. The taxonomy has potentially been confused as Spassky (1954) designated misidentified specimens of H. myoxi sensu Baer (1932) as the type species of the genus Armadolepis. In the current article, this error is corrected and A. jeanbaeri n. sp. is fixed as the type of the genus Armadolepis. An additional new species of Armadolepis, A. tenorai n. sp., is described from Dryomys nitedula from Almaty Province, Kazakhstan. The generic diagnosis of Armadolepis is amended. Armadolepis (sensu stricto) is subdivided into two subgenera; the nominotypical subgenus includes species having well developed rostellar apparatus armed by rostellar hooks and A. (Bremserilepis) n. subgen. includes species with rudimentary and unarmed rostellar apparatus.

Keywords: Hymenolepididae; Armadolepis diagnosis; Hymenolepis myoxi; Hymenolepis sulcata; Armadolepis jeanbaeri n. sp.; Armadolepis tenorai n. sp.; dormice; Gliridae; Europe; Central Asia


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About the article

Received: 2016-03-31

Revised: 2016-08-23

Accepted: 2016-08-26

Published Online: 2016-12-28

Published in Print: 2017-03-01

A substantial portion of the work was funded by the by the Russian Fund for Fundamental Research (Project No. 14-04-00871-a and 17-04-00238). Further support for AAM was provided by the Federal Fundamental Scientific Research Program for 2013-2020 (VI.51.1.7.). This study was funded in part by the US National Science Foundation grants DEB 0818696 and 0818823

Conflict of interest statement. The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.Ethical approval. The author carefully reviewed the ethical standards of the journal and hereby certifies that the procedures used with the investigated species comply fully with those standards. The methods used in the current study were approved by the ethics committee of the Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals, Novosibirsk, Russia (ISEA).

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 62, Issue 1, Pages 1–21, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0001.

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