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Redescription of Maupasina weissi (Seurat, 1913) (Nematoda: Ascaridida) from sengis, Elephantulus spp. and Macroscelides proboscideus (Shaw) (Macroscelidea), in Africa

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posted on 19.02.2019, 00:00 authored by LR Smales, A Halajian, K Junker
Maupasina weissi (Seurat, 1913), is redescribed from the eastern rock sengi, Elephantulus myurus Thomas & Schwann, from Limpopo Province and compared with material collected from Free State and North West Provinces, South Africa, as well as the description of the type-material from South Tunisia. Distinguishing features of the species include a corona radiata of 12 pointed leaflike elements, a complex bipartite buccal capsule with 3 large bicuspid denticular lobes and 4 smaller club-shaped lobes and 11 (occasionally 10) pairs of cloacal papillae in the male. The complex taxonomic history of the genus Maupasina Seurat, 1917 is discussed. The probable misidentification of Macroscelides proboscideus Shaw, the short eared sengi, from North West Province, South Africa, as a host of M. weissi is explained, indicating that M. weissi occurs only in species of the genus Elephantulus Thomas & Schwann. The widely separated geographical regions, stretching the length of the African continent, in which M. weissi has been found are indicative of a conservative species with a broad geographical distribution. Tenebrionid beetles, up to 50% of stomach contents of E. myurus in Limpopo Province may act as intermediate hosts in the life-cycle of M. weissi. © 2018, Springer Nature B.V.

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Volume

95

Issue

Issue 8-9

Start Page

943

End Page

951

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1573-5192

ISSN

0165-5752

Publisher

Springer Netherlands

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

14/09/2018

External Author Affiliations

University of Limpopo, ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, South Africa

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Systematic Parasitology

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