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Description of Proyseria petterae n. sp., with an amended generic diagnosis and a review of the species of Proyseria Petter, 1959 and Stegophorus Wehr, 1934 (Nematoda: Acuariidae)

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Proyseria decora (Dujardin, 1845) (the type-species of the genus Proyseria Petter, 1959) is redescribed on the basis of specimens from Alcedo atthis (L.) (Coraciiformes: Alcedinidae) from Iran. P. petterae n. sp. is described from Corythornis vintsioides (Eydoux & Gervais) (Alcedinidae) from Madagascar by light and scanning electron microscopy. Proyseria sp. from Alcedo euryzona Temminck from continental Malaysia is described on the basis of a single male specimen. Stegophorus alcedonis Puqin, Yanyin & Guocal, 1991 from A. atthis in China is transferred to the genus Proyseria as P. alcedonis n. comb. The generic diagnosis of Proyseria is amended. Review of the species of the genera Proyseria and Stegophorus Wehr, 1934 is presented.

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This study was supported by the Sciex-HMSch Program CRUS, Switzerland. The re-examination of the voucher material of Proyseria decora was possible due to a SYNTHESYS 2 (EC FP7) grant FR-TAF-841 to the senior author, kindly hosted by Dr O. Bain. We are grateful to Prof. Rosli Hashim and Prof. Rosli Ramli, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, for their kind assistance in the organisation of the field studies and for making available facilities at the Gombak Biological Station. We thank Dr Jeanne Rasamy (University of Antananarivo), Dr Steven M. Goodman, Dr Marie Jeanne Raherilalao (Vahatra Foundation) and biologists Ms Lalatiana Odile Randriamiharisoa, Ms Ranja Andriantsoa and Mr Tantely Hasina Dimbiniaina Razafiarisolo for their assistance to organise and carry out field studies in Madagascar. The field trips of JM and BBG in Malaysia and Madagascar were in the frame of a project funded by the National Science Foundation, USA (PBI awards no. 0818696 to Prof. Janine N. Caira and no. 0818823 to Prof. Kirsten Jensen). We are thankful to Mr Emmanuel Tardy (MHNG) for his assistance with the SEM studies.

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Mutafchiev, Y., Mariaux, J. & Georgiev, B.B. Description of Proyseria petterae n. sp., with an amended generic diagnosis and a review of the species of Proyseria Petter, 1959 and Stegophorus Wehr, 1934 (Nematoda: Acuariidae). Syst Parasitol 89, 3–14 (2014).

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