Journal article

Contracaecum pyripapillatum n. sp (Nematoda : Anisakidae) and a description of C. multipapillatum (von Drasche, 1882) from the Australian pelican, Pelecanus conspicillatus

Shokoofeh Shamsi, Robin Gasser, Ian Beveridge, Afshin Alizadeh Shabani



A new species of nematode, Contracaecum pyripapillatum, is reported from the Australian pelican, Pelecanus conspicillatus. This species resembles Contracaecum multipapillatum which was found in the same host. These two species can be differentiated from one another based on the shape of the preanal papillae, being pyriform in C. pyripapillatum and circular in C. multipapillatum. Genetically, the two species differ in the sequences of first and second internal transcribed spacers (ITS-1 and ITS-2, respectively) of ribosomal DNA (rDNA). C. pyripapillatum and C. multipapillatum differed in the ITS-1 (443 bp in both species) and ITS-2 (between 231 and 233 bp) sequences by 3.4-3.8% and 6.0%, resp..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank Professors Lia Paggi and Hans-Peter Fagerholm for discussions. Shokoofeh Shamsi was the grateful recipient of scholarships from the University of Melbourne.