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Philophthalmus aweerensis n. sp. (Trematoda: Philophthalmidae) found in a rhea (Rhea americana) in the United Arab Emirates

Abstract

Philophthalmus aweerensis, a new eye fluke species, was discovered in the conjunctival cavities of a rhea in the UAE. This fluke was described and differentiated from other eye flukes that had been found in birds in the Middle East such as Philophthalmus palpebrarum, Philophthalmus nocturnus, Philophthalmus gralli, Philophthalmus lucipetus, Philophthalmus distomatosa, and Philophthalmus hegeneri. The new species lacks spination and is characterized by a long cirrus pouch extending behind the caudal margin of the acetabulum, long vitellaria of tubular type reaching the midbody, and a genital opening situated anteriorly to the bifurcation of the caeca.

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The SEM images were captured with scanning electron microscope JSA-6510LV and the author wishes to thank Ms. Low Kay En and Mr. Tan Teck Siong, JEOL Asia, Singapore for processing the samples.

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Correspondence to Rolf K. Schuster.

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Schuster, R.K. Philophthalmus aweerensis n. sp. (Trematoda: Philophthalmidae) found in a rhea (Rhea americana) in the United Arab Emirates. Parasitol Res 109, 1029–1033 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00436-011-2340-5

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Keywords

  • Ventral Sucker
  • Oral Sucker
  • Living Fluke
  • Genital Pore
  • Anterior Testis