Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 138–143 | Cite as

Resurrection and redescription of Globocephaloides wallabiae Johnston et Mawson, 1939 (Nematoda, Trichostrongyloidea) from macropodid marsupials in north-eastern Australia

  • Inês Fazenda
  • Robin Gasser
  • Luís Carvalho
  • Ian Beveridge
Article

Abstract

Globocephaloides wallabiae Johnston et Mawson, 1939, is resurrected as a valid species and is redescribed. G. wallabiae is distinguished from its closest congener, G. macropodis Yorke et Maplestone, 1926, by the spicules (length and tip) and pattern of the bursal rays. G. wallabiae occurs commonly in Macropus dorsalis (Gray, 1837) in north-eastern Queensland, but is also present in Petrogale mareeba Eldridge et Close, 1992 and P. assimilis Ramsay, 1877. By contrast, G. macropodis is found commonly in M. agilis (Gould, 1842) and P. persephone Maynes, 1982 in the Northern Territory and north-eastern Queensland, and occurs incidentally in other hosts, probably as a result of host-switching ((Aepyprymnus rufescens (Gray, 1837), P. brachyotis (Gould, 1841), P. inornata Gould, 1842, M. dorsalis, M. parryi Bennett, 1835, M. giganteus Shaw, 1790 and Largochestes conspicillatus Gould, 1842)). This morphological study, with additional host and geographical distributional data, provides support for the resurrection of the species.

Keywords

Globocephaloides parasitic nematode macropodid marsupials G. wallabiae redescription Australia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inês Fazenda
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robin Gasser
    • 1
  • Luís Carvalho
    • 2
  • Ian Beveridge
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary ScienceThe University of Melbourne, Veterinary Clinical CentreWerribeeAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Veterinary MedicineTechnical University of Lisbon, Pólo Universitário do Alto da AjudaLisbonPortugal

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