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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz

Print version ISSN 0074-0276On-line version ISSN 1678-8060

Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz vol.87  suppl.1 Rio de Janeiro  1992 

A new filaria of a lizard transmitted by sandflies

Odile Bain1 

Gilles Petit1 

Ilan Paperna2 

Simcha Finkelman2 

Mireille Killick-Kendrick3 

Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, CNRS, Laboratoire de Zoologie, Paris, France

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Sciences, Rehoyot, Israel

Imperial College at Silwood Park, Department of Biology, Ascot, UK


A description is given of Madathamugadia wanjii n. sp., a Splendidofilariinae parasite of the gecko Ptyodactylus hasselquistii, on the west bank of the River Jordan and of its life cycle in Phlebotomus duboscqi. The new species is close to M. ivaschkini (Annaev, 1976) n. comb., of Turkmenistan, wich is also transmitted by sandflies (Reznik, 1982). The genus Madathamugadia is now comprised of four species, two from Madagascar and two from the Mediterranean sub-region; it differs from the genus Thamugadia by the presence of a double row of papillae anterior to the cloaca of the male. The larval characters of Splendidofilarinae of lizards confirm the affinity of these parasites to the Splendidofilarinae of birds (Chandlerella and Splendidofilaria); the first group could have arisen from the second by "captures" wich could have occurred in several places.

Key words: taxonomy; phylogeny; Onchocercidae; reptile; vector; morphogenesis


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