Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 95, Issue 1, pp 81–89 | Cite as

Amphibiophilus mooiensis n. sp. (Nematoda: Amphibiophilidae), a parasite of Amietia delalandii (Duméril & Bibron) (Amphibia: Pyxicephalidae) from South Africa

  • Roman Svitin
  • Louis Du Preez
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Nematoda


Four species of the genus Amphibiophilus Skrjabin, 1916 from pyxycephalid frogs in southern and central Africa are currently recognised as valid. Several specimens of Amphibiophilus were found in material from the common river frog, Amietia delalandii (Duméril & Bibron) (Amphibia: Pyxicephalidae), collected in Potchefstroom (North-West Province, South Africa). These specimens clearly differ from all previously known species by the shape of the distal end of the spicule, the shape of the gubernaculum and the structure of the synlophe. They are, thus, considered as a new species, Amphibiophilus mooiensis. As all other species in the family Amphibiophilidae Durette-Desset & Chabaud, 1981, A. mooiensis n. sp. possesses a number of archaic characters, such as a buccal capsule with a well-developed dorsal oesophageal tooth, six inner labial papillae, six outer labial papillae and four cephalic papillae. Molecular data (cox1 and ITS-28S rDNA sequences) are provided and host and geographical specificity are discussed.



The authors wish to express their sincere thanks to Dr Olena Kudlai for her invaluable advice on molecular procedures and to Mr Willie Landman for preparing the scanning microscopy image.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All applicable institutional, national and international guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed. North-West University ethics approval no NWU-00380-16-A5 and frogs were collected under North-West Province READ Permit no HQ 24t10/16-267 NW.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.African Amphibian Conservation Research Group, Unit for Environmental Sciences and ManagementNorth-West UniversityPotchefstroomSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Invertebrate Fauna and SystematicsI. I. Schmalhausen Institute of ZoologyKyivUkraine
  3. 3.South African Institute for Aquatic BiodiversityGrahamstownSouth Africa

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