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Redescription of Desportesius brevicaudatus (Spirurida, Acuariidae) based on nematodes from Ixobrychus minutus (Aves, Ciconiiformes) from Bulgaria

  • Y. Mutafchiev
  • B. B. GeorgievEmail author
Scientific Article


Desportesius brevicaudatus (Dujardin, 1845) is redescribed on the basis of light-microscopy and SEM observations on specimens collected from the oesophagus and under the lining of the gizzard of Ixobrychus minutus (Ardeidae) from Bulgaria. New metrical data expand the known ranges of variation of the measurements of the body, tail, cordons, oesophagus and spicules. New information is provided on the variation of the shape of the deirids, the structure of the vagina, the complexity of the cordons, the pattern of the cuticular striation and the shape of the postdeirids. Cordons are described as consisting of a single row of serrate cuticular plates and a longitudinal cuticular ridge along the outer rims of the cuticular plates. The cuticular ridge is interpreted as homologous to the outer row of plates in the cordons of the genera Acuaria, Cheilospirura and Echinuria.


Nematoda Spirurida Desportesius brevicaudatus morphology Ixobrychus Bulgaria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Laboratory of General EcologyBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria

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