Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 93, Issue 1, pp 1–35 | Cite as

An annotated catalogue of the ascaridoid nematode parasites of Chinese vertebrates

  • Liang LiEmail author
  • David I. Gibson
  • Lu-Ping Zhang


A catalogue, based on both examined specimens and the published literature, of all the ascaridoid nematodes recorded in China is presented. A total of 95 recognised species, representing 26 genera in five families, are reported. Detailed information on the type-host, type-locality, original reference, synonyms, annotated subsequent references of taxonomic importance, other host records, site of infection, location of type-specimens and distribution are listed for each recognised species. Additional comments on the taxonomic status of some species are also given. Moreover, some nomenclatural changes are proposed: (i) Toxascaris selenarctis Wang, 1965 and T. ailuri Wu, He & Hu, 1987 are placed in synonymy with Baylisascaris transfuga (Rudolphi, 1819); (ii) Raphidascaris lophii Wang & Wu, 1991 is a secondary homonym of R. lophii (Wu, 1949) and a replacement name, R. wangi nom. nov., is proposed for the former species; (iii) Aliascaris aetoplatea Luo, 2001 is transferred to Terranova Leiper & Atkinson, 1914, as T. aetoplatea (Luo, 2001) n. comb., and should be considered a species inquirenda; (iv) Ophidascaris orientalis (Wang, 1965) is resurrected as a valid species; (v) Phocascaris longispiculum Wang & Wu, 1991 and Ophidascaris agkistrodontis Wang, 1979 are treated as incertae sedis; and (vi) Hysterothylacium sauridae Li, Xu & Zhang, 2008 is listed as a nomen nudum.


Morphological Character Guangdong Province Ascaris Helminthological Collection Rachycentron Canadum 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



The authors wish to thank Professor Hideo Hasegawa (Department of Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Oita University, Oita, Japan) for providing useful literature.


This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 31572231), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant Nos. 2014T70227), the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Education Department (Grant No. Y2012012), the Natural Science Foundation and the Biology Postdoctoral Programme of Hebei Normal University (Grant Nos L2010B13, 111008).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Animal Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Hebei Province, College of Life ScienceHebei Normal UniversityShijiazhuangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Life SciencesNatural History MuseumLondonUK

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