Occurrance of Aplectana macintoshii (Stewart, 1914) Travassos, 1931 (Nematoda: Cosmocercidae) in Indian Skipper Frog, Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis (Anura: Dicroglossidae) at Raniganj Town, Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal


The Indian skipper frog, Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis (Schneider, 1799), is a common frog found in West Bengal. A total of six frogs (E. cyanophlyctis) were collected and examined for nematode infection from Raniganj town of Asansol coal-field area, West Bengal. Six male and 11 female nematodes were recovered from the rectum of two out of six, E. cyanophlyctis. On examination the recovered nematodes were found to be, Aplectana macintoshii (Stewart in Rec Indian Mus 10:165–193, 1914) Travassos, 1931. Aplectana macintoshii is reported for the first time from Asansol coal-field area. This species can be identified by the presence of lanceolate shaped gubernaculum, one pair of similar and equal spicules and seven pairs of postanal caudal papillae, all are ventral in position and a single papilla on the tail tip. This communication intends to record Asansol industrial area as a new geographical area for the parasite A. macintoshii.

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Authors thankfully acknowledge the University Grants Commission (UGC), India for financial support for the present work (Project No: F. PSW-033/15-16 (ERO), Dated 25.01.2017). Thankful acknowledgement is due to the University of Burdwan and Dept. of Zoology, Kulti College for giving us laboratory facilities. The authors are thankful to Charles R. Bursey, Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University for providing us updated research articles. The authors thankfully acknowledge the Amphibia Section, Herpetology Division, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata for proper identification of the present host.

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Dr. S. K. Sou and K. K. Sow have carried out the research work under the guidance of Prof. A. P. Nandi.

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Though there is no ethics committee in our Institutions, frogs have been sacrificed 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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Sou, S.K., Sow, K.K. Occurrance of Aplectana macintoshii (Stewart, 1914) Travassos, 1931 (Nematoda: Cosmocercidae) in Indian Skipper Frog, Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis (Anura: Dicroglossidae) at Raniganj Town, Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal. Proc Zool Soc 72, 313–317 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12595-018-0275-x

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  • Aplectana macintoshii
  • Frogs
  • Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis
  • West Bengal
  • India