Folia Parasitologica, vol. 55 (2008), issue 2

Folia Parasitologica 55[2] 136-140 (2008) | DOI: 10.14411/fp.2008.018

Neoskrjabinolepis merkushevae sp. n. (Cyclophyllidea: Hymenolepididae), a new cestode from shrews from the Palaearctic region

Svetlana A. Kornienko1, Rasa Binkienė2
1 Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, 11 Frunze Street, 630091 Novosibirsk, Russia
2 Institute of Ecology, Vilnius University, Akademijos 2, LT-08412 Vilnius-21, Lithuania

Neoskrjabinolepis (Neoskrjabinolepidoides) merkushevae sp. n. is described from the shrew Sorex minutus L. (type host) from Belarus. The new species is characterised by rostellar hooks 35-37 µm long, provided with small epiphyseal thickening of the handle; short (35-40 µm) cirrus consisting of a basal part with claw-shaped spines, a parabasal part with thin needleshaped spines and an unarmed distal part; cirrus-sac slightly passing into median field; and 12-16 eggs per gravid uterus. In addition to the type host and the type locality, the host range of the new species includes Sorex araneus L. and there are geographical records from Bulgaria, Lithuania and North-East Altay (Russia).

Keywords: Cestoda, Hymenolepididae, Neoskrjabinolepis, Sorex, Palaearctic region

Received: October 17, 2007; Accepted: March 12, 2008; Published: June 1, 2008


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