Meteterakis asansolensis sp. nov. (Nematoda: Heterakidae) in Duttaphrynus melanostictus (Schneider, 1899) (Amphibia: Anura: Bufonidae) from Asansol coalfield area, Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal, India
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Meteterakis asansolensis sp. nov. (Nematoda: Heterakidae) recovered from the rectum of Asian common toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus (Schneider, 1899), collected from Asansol coalfield area in Paschim Bardhaman district of West Bengal, India, is described and illustrated. This species is characterised by the presence of a precloacal sucker, a gubernaculum and two equal and similar spicules (0.31–0.32 mm in length). This species differs from other reported species of the Oriental region by morphometrical ranges of measurements of males (3.09–3.54 mm) and females (4.60–4.72 mm) and the number and the distribution pattern of caudal papillae in males which includes 5 pairs precloacal, 1 pair adcloacal and 5 pairs postcloacal in position.
KeywordsMeteterakis asansolensis sp. nov. Nematoda Duttaphrynus melanostictus Amphibia Asansol India
Thankful acknowledgement is due to the University of Burdwan and Kulti College for giving laboratory facilities. The author is thankful to Dr. Anadi Prasad Nandi, Professor of Zoology (now Retd.), Department of Zoology, Burdwan University, for his guidance and help during this work. The author is also thankful to Dr. Charles R. Bursey, Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University, for providing updated research articles.
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Though there is no ethics committee in our Institutions, toad has been killed for the present study following guidelines of The Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) formed by the Act of the Indian Parliament.
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