Folia Parasitologica, vol. 55 (2008), issue 3

Potential environmental and host gender influences on prevalence of Haemogregarina platessae (Adeleorina: Haemogregarinidae) and suspected Haemohormidium terraenovae (incertae sedis) in Brazilian flounder from the Patos Lagoon Estuary, Southern Brazil

Angela J. Davies, Lílian L. Amado, Richard T. Cook, Adalto Bianchini, Jorge C. Eiras

Folia Parasitologica 55[3] 161-170 (2008) | 10.14411/fp.2008.023

Flounder, Paralichthys orbignyanus (Valenciennes), were captured in polluted and non-polluted sites within the Patos Lagoon Estuary, southern Brazil, over four seasons. Blood films showed a high prevalence of infection with a haemogregarine, or mixed parasitaemias of this and an organism resembling Haemohormidium terraenovae So, 1972. Haemogregarine gamont stages conformed to existing descriptions of Desseria platessae (Lebailly, 1904) Siddall, 1995 from flatfishes, but intraerythrocytic division of meronts was observed, leading to the recommendation for nomenclatural correction, placing the haemogregarine in the genus Haemogregarina...

New species of Diplectanum (Monogenoidea: Diplectanidae), and proposal of a new genus of the Dactylogyridae from the gills of gerreid fishes (Teleostei) from Mexico and Panama

Edgar F. Mendoza Franco, Dominique G. Roche, Mark E. Torchin

Folia Parasitologica 55[3] 171-179 (2008) | 10.14411/fp.2008.024

While investigating the parasites of several marine fishes from the Western Atlantic, the Southern Gulf of Mexico and Central America (Panama), the following monogenoidean species from the gills of gerreid fishes (Gerreidae) were found: Diplectanum gatunense sp. n. (Diplectanidae) and Octouncuhaptor eugerrei gen. et sp. n. (Dactylogyridae) in Eugerres brasilianus (Cuvier) from Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal Watershed, and Diplectanum mexicanum sp. n. in Diapterus rhombeus (Cuvier) from the coast of Campeche State, Mexico. New diplectanid species are distinguished from other species of the genus by the general morphology...

Schistosoma mansoni glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase is a lung-stage schistosomula surface membrane antigen

Hatem Tallima, Rashika El Ridi

Folia Parasitologica 55[3] 180-186 (2008) | 10.14411/fp.2008.025

We have previously reported that Schistosoma mansoni larvae emerging from host lung at pH 7.5-7.8 and then fixed with diluted formaldehyde (HCHO) readily bind radiation-attenuated cercariae (RA) vaccine serum antibodies, as assessed by indirect membrane immunofluorescence (IF). Here we show that S. mansoni schistosomula emerging from lung pieces under 5% CO2 (pH <=7.3) readily bind RA vaccine serum antibodies, provided they have been incubated for 12 h at pH 7.5-7.8 in foetal calf serum-free RPMI medium, and fixed with diluted HCHO. Ex vivo larvae exposed during incubation to GW4869, a specific inhibitor of tegument-bound, neutral...

Community structure, population structure and topographical specialisation of Gyrodactylus (Monogenea) ectoparasites living on sympatric stickleback species

Joost A.M. Raeymaekers, Tine Huyse, Hannelore Maelfait, Bart Hellemans, Filip A.M. Volckaert

Folia Parasitologica 55[3] 187-196 (2008) | 10.14411/fp.2008.026

In order to disentangle the contribution of host and parasite biology to host specificity, we compared the structure and population dynamics of the Gyrodactylus (von Nordmann, 1832) flatworm community living on sympatric three-spined Gasterosteus aculeatus L. and nine-spined Pungitius pungitius (L.) stickleback. Between April 2002 and March 2003, a small lowland creek was sampled monthly. Species identity of about 75% of the worms per host was determined with a genetic nuclear marker (ITS1). Each stickleback species hosted a characteristic gill- and fin-parasitic Gyrodactylus: G. arcuatus Bychowsky, 1933 and G....

Cairaella henrii gen. n., sp. n., a parasite of Norops trachyderma (Polychrotidae), and Ophiotaenia nicoleae sp. n. (Eucestoda: Proteocephalidea), a parasite of Thecadactylus rapicauda (Gekkonidae), in Ecuador

Sandrine C. Coquille, Alain de Chambrier

Folia Parasitologica 55[3] 197-206 (2008) | 10.14411/fp.2008.027

Cairaella henrii gen. n., sp. n. (Proteocephalidea: Proteocephalinae) is described from the intestine of Norops trachyderma (Cope) (Polychrotidae) from San Pablo de Kantesiya in Ecuador. The new genus differs from the 12 other known genera of the Proteocephalinae (and all other proteocephalidean genera) by the presence of a dense network of osmoregulatory canals situated in the cortex and by the morphology of the scolex which is flattened dorsoventrally, with elongated deeply embedded suckers possessing a well-developed circular musculature situated in the anterolateral region, and by eggs with a three-layered embryophore possessing small...

Ultrastructure of the surface structures and secretory glands of the rosette attachment organ of Gyrocotyle urna (Cestoda: Gyrocotylidea)

Larisa G. Poddubnaya, Tomáš Scholz, Roman Kuchta, Céline Levron, David I. Gibson

Folia Parasitologica 55[3] 207-218 (2008) | 10.14411/fp.2008.028

The surface structures and gland cells of the posterior rosette organ of Gyrocotyle urna Grube et Wagener, 1852, a member of the group presumed to be the most basal of the tapeworms (Cestoda: Gyrocotylidea), was studied by scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy. Surface structures on the outer (oriented away from the intestinal wall) and inner (in contact with the intestinal wall) rosette surfaces differ from each other and represent a transitional form between microvilli and microtriches typical of tapeworms (Eucestoda). The inner surface of the rosette possesses numerous glands. On the basis of the size and electron-density...

Redescription of the gonad-infecting nematode Philometra saltatrix Ramachandran, 1973 (Philometridae) based on specimens from the type host Pomatomus saltatrix (L.) (Osteichthyes) from the Tuscan Sea, Italy

František Moravec, Marta Magi, Fabio Macchioni

Folia Parasitologica 55[3] 219-223 (2008) | 10.14411/fp.2008.029

The philometrid nematode, Philometra saltatrix Ramachandran, 1973, is redescribed from male and female specimens collected from the ovaries of the marine fish (bluefish) Pomatomus saltatrix (L.) (Pomatomidae, Perciformes) from the Tuscan Sea, Italy. The light and scanning electron microscopical examination made it possible to study in detail the morphology of this so far little known species. For the first time, the actual structure of the male cephalic and caudal ends is described. The male possesses 14 small cephalic papillae arranged in two circles, the spicules are 84-111 µm long and the gubernaculum, 75-84 µm long, has...

A new species of Ergasilus (Copepoda: Cyclopoida: Ergasilidae) from coastal fishes of the Mexican Pacific

Eduardo Suárez-Morales, Ana María Santana-Piñeros

Folia Parasitologica 55[3] 224-230 (2008) | 10.14411/fp.2008.030

A new species of the cyclopoid copepod genus Ergasilus von Nordmann, 1832 is described based on adult female specimens removed from the gills of the yellow snapper Lutjanus argentiventris (Peters) and the yellowfin snook Centropomus robalito Jordan et Gilbert from a Pacific coastal system of Mexico. The new species Ergasilus davidi sp. n. has a combination of characters that includes a two-segmented first leg endopod, a three-segmented fourth leg endopod, and the presence of a single seta on the first antennular segment. These characters are shared with 14 other congeners known mainly from Brazil and North America. It differs from...

A new genus of sea louse (Copepoda: Siphonostomatoida: Caligidae) parasitic on the bluespine unicornfish (Naso unicornis)

Geoffrey A. Boxshall

Folia Parasitologica 55[3] 231-240 (2008) | 10.14411/fp.2008.031

A new genus, Alanlewisia, of the family Caligidae is established to accommodate a sea louse species originally, but tentatively, placed in the genus Lepeophtheirus by Lewis (1967). The type species is Alanlewisia fallolunulus (Lewis, 1967) comb. n., which is redescribed in detail based on new material collected from bluespine unicornfish, Naso unicornis (Forsskål), caught off New Caledonia in the South Pacific. This species was originally described by Lewis (1967) under the binomen Lepeophtheirus? fallolunulus from the same host species collected in Hawaii. This species was subsequently transferred to the genus...