Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 96, Issue 1, pp 1–13 | Cite as

Taxonomic revision of the Heligmonellidae (Skrjabin & Schikhobalova, 1952 tribe) Durette-Desset & Chabaud, 1977 (Nematoda) parasitic in arvicoline rodents “Eothenomys” (sensu lato) (Cricetidae) from Japan and Thailand

  • Marie-Claude Durette-Desset
  • María Celina Digiani
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Nematoda


We discuss the systematic position of five species of the Heligmonellidae (Skrjabin & Schikhobalova, 1952 tribe) Durette-Desset & Chabaud, 1977 described in arvicoline rodents “Eothenomys” (sensu lato) from Japan and Thailand, classified up to now in the genera Yatinema Asakawa & Ohbayashi, 1986, Carolinensis (Travassos, 1937), Morganiella Travassos, 1937 and Neoheligmonella Durette-Desset, 1971. The species are analysed, rediagnosed and their systematic position reviewed. A new generic arrangement is proposed mainly based on characters of the synlophe such as: the presence or absence of a careen; the relative size of the ridges of the careen with respect to the right ridge; the relative sizes of the left and right ridge; the size and position of ridge 1’; the presence or absence of gradients in ridge size; and the number of ridges. The taxa analysed are rearranged in three genera and six species, of which two genera and three species are new. The new classification proposed includes: Yatinema (sensu stricto) with Yatinema japonicum Asakawa & Ohbayashi, 1986 (type-species) and Y. niigatae n. sp. (syn. Y. japonicum sensu Asakawa & Ohbayashi, 1986 pro parte); Asakawanema n. g. with Asakawanema siamense n. comb. (syn. Yatinema siamensis Asakawa, Kamiya & Ohbayashi. 1986) as the type- and only species; and Fukumotonema n. g. with Fukumotonema orientale n. comb. (syn. Neoheligmonella orientalis Asakawa, Kamiya & Ohbayashi. 1986) (type-species), Fukumotonema deborahae n. sp. (syn. Yatinema japonicum sensu Asakawa, 1989 nec Asakawa & Ohbayashi. 1986), and Fukumotonema myodesi n. sp. (syn. Morganiella cricetuli sensu Asakawa et al., 1989 nec Yin & Zhang, 1981). Carolinensis eothenomysi Asakawa, Kamiya & Ohbayashi, 1986 and Morganiella cricetuli Yin & Zhang, 1981 are considered Nippostrongylinae incertae sedis. A key to the genera and species is provided.



We are grateful to Dr Ryo Nakao (Laboratory of Parasitology, Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University, Japan) for providing information on the deposited material of some of the species studied and Didier Geffard-Kuriyama (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France) for the scanning and graphic editing of the figures.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ISYEB, Institut Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité, UMR7205 CNRS, EPHE, MNHN, UPMC, Muséum National d’Histoire NaturelleSorbonne UniversitésParis Cedex 05France
  2. 2.División Zoología Invertebrados, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y MuseoUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  3. 3.CONICET-Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y TécnicasBuenos AiresArgentina

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