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Volume 63, Issue 3


Endoparasites in Limnonectes magnus (Anura, Dicroglossidae) from Samar Island, Philippines with description of a new species of Aplectana (Nematoda, Cosmocercidae)

Charles R. Bursey
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Published Online: 2018-07-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2018-0056


Aplectana samarensis sp. nov. (Ascaridida, Cosmocercidae) from the intestines of Limnonectes magnus (Anura, Dicroglossidae) is described and illustrated. Aplectana samarensis sp. nov. represents the 53rd species assigned to the genus and the 6th species reported from the Oriental region. It is easily separated from the 5 species previously reported from the region by the presence of a gubernaculum and the distribution pattern of male caudal papillae: A. macintoshii has an irregular pattern, no precloacal papillae in rows; both A. akhrami and A. dubrajpuri lack a gubernaculum; A. duttaphryni has 3 pairs of precloacal papillae forming 2 rows; A. ranae has 7 pairs of precloacal papillae forming 2 rows; A. samarensis sp. nov. has 4 pairs of precloacal papillae in 2 rows. In addition to the new species, individuals of Falcaustra dubia and Pseudoacanthocephalus bufonis as well as cestode plerocercoids were also found.

Keywords: Aplectana samarensis sp. nov.; Nematoda; Limnonectes magnus; Anura; Samar Island; Philippines; Falcaustra dubia; Pseudoacanthocephalus bufonis; cestode plerocercoids


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About the article

Received: 2017-01-26

Revised: 2018-03-09

Accepted: 2018-04-04

Published Online: 2018-07-04

Published in Print: 2018-09-25

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 63, Issue 3, Pages 474–478, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2018-0056.

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