Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 207–213 | Cite as

Description of Madathamugadia hiepei n. sp. (Nematoda: Splendidofilariinae), a parasite of a South African gecko, and its development in laboratory bred Phlebotomus dubosqi (Diptera: Psychodidae)

  • S. Hering-Hagenbeck
  • J. Boomker
  • G. Petit
  • M. Killick-Kendrick
  • O. Bain


Madathamugadia hiepein. sp., Splendidofilariinae, a parasite of a South African gecko Pachydactylus turneri is described together with its development obtained experimentally in Phlebotomus duboscqi (Diptera: Psychodidae: Phlebotominae). This new species differs from the two small, more highly evolved groups with a short tail and atrophied postcloacal papillae, the first group consisting of two Madagascan species, M. zonosauri and M. hopluri, parasites of the Gerrhosauridae and Iguanidae, and the second containing three species from the Ethiopian Region, M. huambensis, M. versterae and M. bissani, parasites of the Scincidae. It also differs from M. ineichi, the most primitive species of the genus (cuticularised buccal capsule, no atrophy of head papillae and largest number of precloacal papillae), a parasite of the Cordylidae in South Africa. M. hiepei is close to the two species parasitic in the Gekkonidae of the Mediterranean subregion, M. ivaschkini and M. wanjii, all three of which have a post-oesophageal vulva. However, the new species can be distinguished from the Mediterranean parasites by (a) the shorter oesophagus, (b) the number and position of the cloacal papillae and (c) the microfilaria. The three filariae of this group and M. ineichi, the only ones of which aspects of the life-cycles are known, experimentally develop in phlebotomine sand flies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Hering-Hagenbeck
    • 1
  • J. Boomker
    • 2
  • G. Petit
    • 3
  • M. Killick-Kendrick
    • 4
  • O. Bain
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Molecular ParasitologyHumboldt UniversityBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Departement of Veterinary Tropical DiseasesUniversity of PretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Institut de Systématique, CNRS FR 1541, Biologie parasitarie, Protistologie, HelminthologieMuséum National d'Histoire NaturelleParis cedex 05France
  4. 4.Imperial College at Silwood ParkAscot, Berks, UK

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