Journal article

Macropotrema, pertinax gen. et sp. nov. (Digenea: Paramphistomidae) from a wallaby, Macropus agilis, in northern Australia, and associated pathology.

D Blair, I Beveridge, R Speare

Parasite | Published : 1979


Macropotrema pertinax gen. et sp. nov. (Digenea: Paramphistomidae) is described from the caecum of the macropodid marsupial Macropus agilis (Gould, 1842) from northern Australia. The new genus is characterised as follows: ventro-terminal acetabulum bearing many papillae; oral sucker with constriction and paired diverticula; oesophagus with muscular bulb; cirrus sac and genital sucker absent; testes symmetrical, unlobed, preovarian; Laurer's canal opening anterior to excretory pore. The genus is placed in the subfamily Pseudodiscinae Näsmark, 1937. At the point where the worm attaches to the caecal wall of the host, the entire mucosa is destroyed and there is an inflammatory cell infiltration..

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