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A new species of Centrorhynchus Lühe, 1911 (Acanthocephala: Centrorhynchidae) from the lizard buzzard Kaupifalco monogrammicus (Temminck) (Aves: Accipitridae) in South Africa


Centrorhynchus sarehae n. sp. is described from the lizard buzzard Kaupifalco monogrammicus (Temminik) in Louis Trichardt City, Limpopo Province, South Africa. The new species can be distinguished from all other species of Centrorhynchus Lühe, 1911 except C. gendrei (Golvan, 1957) and C. mariauxi Smales, 2011 in having a dilated region in the posterior trunk of the female. Centrorhynchus sarehae differs from both these species in the characters of the proboscis armature, particularly the number of hooks per row and the lengths of the longest hooks. This is the first record of a fully identified species of Centrorhynchus in South Africa.

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Thanks are due to Dr Lourens Swanepoel, University of Venda, for providing the lizard buzzard, and Dr Leslie Chisholm, South Australian Museum, for assistance with the photomicrographs. Librarians from the Central Queensland University Library provided Document Delivery Services.


This work is partly based on research supported by the South African Research Chairs’ Initiative (SARChI-Prof. Wilmien J Luus-Powell) of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation of South Africa (Grant No. 101054) and the University of Limpopo. Any opinion, finding and conclusion or recommendation expressed in this material is that of the author(s) and the NRF does not accept any liability in this regard.

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Smales, L.R., Halajian, A., Mokgawa, M.P. et al. A new species of Centrorhynchus Lühe, 1911 (Acanthocephala: Centrorhynchidae) from the lizard buzzard Kaupifalco monogrammicus (Temminck) (Aves: Accipitridae) in South Africa. Syst Parasitol 94, 423–430 (2017).

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  • Limpopo Province
  • Cement Gland
  • Trunk Length