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Helminths parasitizing the silvery mole-rat, Heliophobius argenteocinereus (Rodentia: Bathyergidae) from Malawi


TENORA František BARUŠ Vlastimil PROKEŠ Miroslav ŠUMBERA Radek KOUBKOVÁ Božena

Year of publication 2003
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Helminthologia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field Zoology
Keywords Bathyergidae; Heliophobius argenteocinereus; Protospirura muricola; Inermicapsifer arvicabthidis; taxonomy; morphology; sibling species; Malawi
Description In the silvery mole-rat, Heliophobius argenteocinereus (Rodentia, Bathyergidae) from Malawi, two helminth species were identified: Protospirura muricola and Inermicapsifer arvicanthidis. mean abundance of these species was 2.8 and 16.5,respectively. For P. muricola, silvery mole-rat is the new host. The morphology of I. arvicanthidis is described. A review of the genus Inermicapsifer with notes on the species parasitizing rodents and man is included. Formulated here is the hypothesis that I. madagascarensis is a tapeworm restricted to man, and that I. arvicanthidis is a generalist parasite of African rodents.
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