Folia Parasitologica, vol. 59 (2012), issue 4

Folia Parasitologica 59[4] 295-300 (2012) | DOI: 10.14411/fp.2012.041

Mathevolepis alpina sp. n. (Cestoda: Hymenolepididae) from an alpine shrew: the first record of the genus in Europe

Rasa Binkienė, Leonas Kontrimavičius
Institute of Ecology, Nature Research Centre, Akademijos 2, Vilnius, 08412, Lithuania

Mathevolepis alpina sp. n. is described from an alpine shrew, Sorex alpinus, from the Carpathian Region of the Slovak Republic. The new species differs from other species of the genus by the morphology of the male copulatory apparatus, especially the cirrus, which is characterised by asymmetrical parabasal swelling. The new species represents the first record of cestodes of the genus Mathevolepis Spassky, 1948 in Europe, i.e. the western part of the Palaearctic Region. The geographical distribution of species of Mathevolepis is reviewed.

Keywords: Cyclophyllidea, taxonomy, Sorex alpinus, Slovak Republic, High Tatras, Palaearctic Region, distribution

Received: June 6, 2012; Accepted: August 16, 2012; Published: December 1, 2012


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