Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 90, Issue 3, pp 237–245 | Cite as

Breinlia (Breinlia) jittapalapongi n. sp. (Nematoda: Filarioidea) from the Asian house rat Rattus tanezumi Temminck in Lao PDR

  • Marina Veciana
  • Odile Bain
  • Serge Morand
  • Kittipong Chaisiri
  • Bounneuang Douangboupha
  • Jordi Miquel
  • Alexis Ribas


A new species of filarioid nematode of the genus Breinlia Yorke & Maplestone, 1926 (Nematoda: Filarioidea) is described from rodents in Lao PDR and according to its morphology, is placed in the subgenus Breinlia. Breinlia (Breinlia) jittapalapongi n. sp. occurs in the Asian house rat (Rattus tanezumi Temminck) and the Sikkim rat (Rattus andamanensis Blyth) and is reported from two localities (Luang Prabang and Champasak). The new species can be distinguished from all other congeners, which are mostly distributed in Australasia (twenty-two species), South East Asia (four species) and India (two species), by the following characters of the males: shape and size of gubernaculum, length of spicules, pattern of cloacal papillae and presence of sclerotised ring in the buccal capsule. This is the fifth species of Breinlia described from South East Asia.



This work was greatly assisted by the passion and dedication of the late Dr. Odile Bain, despite her weak health during visits of Alexis Ribas to MNHN. This study was supported by the French ANR 11 CPEL 002, project BiodivHealthSEA: Local impacts and perceptions of global changes, biodiversity, health and zoonoses in Southeast Asia ( and the French ANR Biodiversity ANR 07 BDIV 012 project CERoPath: Community Ecology of Rodents and their Pathogens in a changing environment ( AR and JM were partially supported by grant 2014-SGR-1241 from the Catalan Government (Spain). We are especially thankful to Nuria Cortadellas and Almudena Garcia from the Unitat de Microscopia, Facultat de Medicina, Centres Científics i Tecnològics de la Universitat de Barcelona (CCiTUB) for their help with the preparation of samples. AR was supported by SYNTHESYS FR-TAF-2283 during his visits to Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris. Thanks are also due to Coralie Martin for her logistical support during AR visit at the MNHN and for providing literature.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marina Veciana
    • 1
  • Odile Bain
    • 2
  • Serge Morand
    • 3
    • 4
  • Kittipong Chaisiri
    • 5
  • Bounneuang Douangboupha
    • 6
  • Jordi Miquel
    • 1
  • Alexis Ribas
    • 1
    • 7
  1. 1.Laboratory of Parasitology, Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Parasitologie Comparée, UMR 7205ParisFrance
  3. 3.Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, CNRS-IRD-UM2, CC065Université de Montpellier 2MontpellierFrance
  4. 4.Centre d’Infectiologie Christophe Mérieux du LaosVientianeLao PDR
  5. 5.Department of Helminthology, Faculty of Tropical MedicineMahidol UniversityBangkokThailand
  6. 6.National Agriculture & Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI)VientianeLao PDR
  7. 7.Biodiversity Research Group, Faculty of ScienceUdon Thani Rajabhat UniversityUdon ThaniThailand

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