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Breinlia (Breinlia) ventricola sp. nov., a nematode parasite from the heart of the red kangaroo, Macropus rufus, in Western Australia

Spratt, D.M. and Hobbs, R.P. (2004) Breinlia (Breinlia) ventricola sp. nov., a nematode parasite from the heart of the red kangaroo, Macropus rufus, in Western Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 128 (1). pp. 67-71.

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Abstract

Breinlia (Breinlia) ventricola sp. nov. is described from the right ventricles and pulmonary arteries of the red kangaroo, Macropus rufus (Desmarest, 1822), from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is the largest and most robust species of Breinlia (Breinlia) known to date and is distinguished from all other species by the close similarity in size between males and females, the presence of a filamentous membrane surrounding the distal tip of the left spicule and the presence of a pair of caudal glands secreting a material which adheres to the caudal end of some fixed specimens, masking external cuticular features. The new species is most similar to B. (B.) trichosuri, B. (B.) boltoni and B. (B.) mundayi but distinguished from all 3 by its much greater size and the absence of internolateral cephalic papillae.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Royal Society of South Australia Inc.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/16610
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