Folia Parasitologica, vol. 61 (2014), issue 6

Folia Parasitologica 61[6] 537-542 (2014) | 10.14411/fp.2014.065

Assessment of platyhelminth diversity within amphibians of French Guiana revealed a new species of Nanopolystoma (Monogenea: Polystomatidae) in the caecilian Typhlonectes compressicauda

Louis H. du Preez1, Mathieu Badets1, Olivier Verneau1,2,3
1 Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa;
2 University of Perpignan, Centre de Formation et de Recherche sur les Environnements Méditerranéens, Perpignan, France;
3 CNRS, Centre de Formation et de Recherche sur les Environnements Méditerranéens, Perpignan, France

An expedition was undertaken to French Guiana in search of amphibian parasites. Of the 23 anuran species collected and screened for polystomes, the toad Rhinella margaritifera (Laurenti) was the sole species found to be infected with a polystome, namely Wetapolystoma almae Gray, 1983. Of the two caecilian species collected, a new species of Nanopolystoma du Preez, Huyse et Wilkinson, 2008 was discovered from the urinary bladder of the aquatic caecilian Typhlonectes compressicauda (Duméril et Bibron). The small size of the mature worm, two non-diverticulated caeca of equal length that are non-confluent posteriorly, vitelline follicles in two dense lateral fields, a single follicular testis in the middle of the body, small ovary and a single operculated egg in utero, vaginae present and the caecilian host allowed the identification of the specimen as Nanopolystoma. Larger body size, hamulus length, egg diameter and occurrence in the caecilian family Typhlonectidae distinguishes the new species from the two other known polystomes in Nanopolystoma; thus, the description of Nanopolystoma tinsleyi sp. n. is provided within this paper.

Keywords: Nanopolystoma tinsleyi sp. n., polystome, Cayenne caecilian, Typhlonectidae, Neotropical region

Received: October 9, 2013; Accepted: May 12, 2014; Prepublished online: October 22, 2014; Published: December 4, 2014


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