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A New Acanthocephalan Species (Archiacanthocephala: Oligacanthorhynchidae) from the Crab-Eating Fox (Cerdocyon thous) in the Brazilian Pantanal Wetlands
- Gomes, Ana Paula N., Olifiers, Natalie, Souza, Joyce G. R., Barbosa, Helene S., D'Andrea, Paulo S., Maldonado, Arnaldo
- The Journal of parasitology 2015 v.101 no.1 pp. 74-79
- Acanthocephala, Cerdocyon thous, body size, eggs, geographical distribution, new species, proboscis, scanning electron microscopy, small intestine, wetlands, Pantanal
- A new species of Oligacanthorhynchidae (Acanthocephala) Prosthenorchis cerdocyonis n. sp. is described from 17 specimens collected from the small intestine of the crab-eating fox Cerdocyon thous Linnaeus, 1766 (Canidae: Carnivora) found in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands. Specimens were studied using light and scanning electron microscopy. Characteristic features distinguishing the new species from others already described are presented, such as size of the body, the position of lemnisci, size of the eggs, host, and geographical distribution. Details of the body surface obtained by scanning electron microscopy, such as the presence of 2 lateral papillae in the proximal region of the proboscis, the presence of barbs in hooks, and a robust and festooned collar, helped to identify the species. Until now, specimens belonging to Prosthenorchis reported from Cerdocyon thous were not identified to species. Furthermore, the new species is the first to be recorded in C. thous found in the Pantanal wetlands.