Folia Parasitologica, vol. 60 (2013), issue 5

Folia Parasitologica 60[5] 475-481 (2013) | DOI: 10.14411/fp.2013.051

Afrojoyeuxia gen. n. and Hunkeleriella gen. n., two new genera of cestodes (Cyclophyllidea: Anoplocephalidae) from African rodents

Voitto Haukisalmi
Finnish Museum of Natural History LUOMUS, University of Helsinki, Finland

Abstract: Based on the study of type material, two new genera of cestodes (Cyclophyllidea: Anoplocephalidae) are proposed for Paranoplocephala Lühe, 1910 sensu lato species from African rodents. Afrojoyeuxia gen. n., proposed for A. gundii (Joyeux, 1923) comb. n. from Ctenodactylus gundi (Rothmann) (Hystricomorpha: Ctenodactylidae), is characterized by a high length/width ratio of mature proglottids, longitudinally extensive testicular field positioned anterior to the female glands, an ovoid or subspherical cirrus-sac and a thick, conical cirrus. Hunkeleriella gen. n., proposed for H. dasymidis (Hunkeler, 1972) comb. n. from Dasymys incomtus (Sundevall) (Myomorpha: Muridae), differs from related genera mainly by its short (10-20 mm) and wide strobila and neck, unilateral genital pores (exceptionally with a few changes per strobila), the position of the genital pores (slightly anterior to the middle of proglottid margin) and initially tube-like early uterus (later reticulated). Parandrya Gulyaev et Chechulin, 1996, earlier suggested to be a junior synonym of Paranoplocephala, is considered to be a valid, independent genus. Evidence of non-monophyly and need for a taxonomic revision of Paranoplocephala sensu lato, as well as the phylogenetic position of A. gundii and H. dasymidis are discussed.

Keywords: Cestoda, Paranoplocephala, systematics, taxonomy, Ctenodactylus, Dasymys, Ethiopian region

Received: May 3, 2013; Accepted: June 4, 2013; Published: November 27, 2013


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