Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 86, Issue 3, pp 215–233 | Cite as

Pseudangularia gonzalezi n. sp. and Gibsonilepis swifti (Singh, 1952) n. g., n. comb. (Cestoda, Dilepididae) from the House Swift, Apus affinis (J.E. Gray) (Aves, Apodiformes) from Franceville, Republic of Gabon

  • Yana D. Dimitrova
  • Jean Mariaux
  • Boyko B. Georgiev


Nine specimens of Apus affinis (J.E. Gray) were studied at Franceville, Haut-Ogooué Province, Republic of Gabon, for the presence of helminth parasites. Two cestode species of the family Dilepididae were recorded. Pseudangularia gonzalezi n. sp. is distinguished from the most similar species P. europaea Georgiev & Murai, 1993 by having elliptical cirrus-sac, longer vagina, longer rostellar sheath and greater diameter of suckers. An identification key to the species of the genus Pseudangularia Burt, 1938 is proposed. The present study is the first record of the genus Pseudangularia in the Afrotropical Region. Our study confirms that, in dilepidids with vaginal sclerites from swifts, breaking off the cirrus after copulation is a frequent phenomenon. The genus Gibsonilepis n. g. is erected as monotypic for Vitta swifti Singh, 1952 (originally described from the same host species in India) and Gibsonilepis swifti n. comb. is proposed. Gibsonilepis n. g. is distinguished from Vitta Burt, 1938 by its highly elongate rostellum, rostellar sheath much bigger than rostellum, relatively small rostellar hooks possessing strongly developed guard, disc-shaped suckers with weak peripheral musculature and flat or convex central part, long and well-expressed neck, highly lobed two-winged ovary (lobes rounded) and presence of a band consisting of rows of spine-like microtriches along posterior margin of each proglottis. This is the first record of G. swifti in the Afrotropical Region. The separation of G. swifti from the genus Vitta (parasites of swallows) suggests that, contrary to previous opinions, no dilepidid genera are shared by Apodidae (swifts) and Hirundinidae (swallows).


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The identification of the swifts was confirmed by the ornithologist Dr Alice Cibois (Natural History Museum, Geneva). Dr Pavel Nikolov participated in the field studies together with two of the present authors. We are grateful to Dr Jean-Paul Gonzalez, Director General of the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville, Republic of Gabon, and the staff members of this research institute, for their support and hospitality during field studies. The senior author acknowledges the advice by Dr Yasen Mutafchiev, Dr Plamen Pankov and Dr Milka Elshishka in the course of the preparation of illustrations. We are grateful to Dr Gergana Vasileva for reading the manuscript. The present study used facilities developed at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, in the frames of the projects WETLANET (EC FP7, Programme CAPACITIES, Grant 229802) and CEBDER (National Science Fund of the Republic of Bulgaria, Grant DOO2-15/17.02.2009). This work was funded by the National Science Foundation, PBI grants DEB 0818696 and DEB 0818823.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yana D. Dimitrova
    • 1
  • Jean Mariaux
    • 2
  • Boyko B. Georgiev
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem ResearchBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de GenèveGenève 6Switzerland

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