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Moniliformis clarki (Acanthocephala: Moniliformidae) from the pocket gopher, Geomys bursarius missouriensis, in Missouri

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1996
Authors:O. M. Amin, Pitts R. M.
Journal:Comparative ParasitologyComp. Parasitol.
Pagination:144 - 145
Date Published:1996///
ISBN Number:1049233X (ISSN)
Keywords:Geomys bursarius missouriensis, Missouri, Moniliformis clarki, New records, Pocket gopher

The North American moniliformid acanthocephalan, Moniliformis clarki (Ward, 1917) Chandler, 1921 (nec Van Cleave, 1924) is reported for the first time in Missouri from the pocket gopher, Geomys bursarius missouriensis. Intensity and mean intensity of M. clarki infection were 2-20 and 7.3 per individual, respectively. The diagnostic characteristics of proboscis armature and egg size conformed to those of M. clarki. Other anatomical structures were closer in size to those of the other cosmopolitan moniliformid acanthocephalan Moniliformis moniliformis (Bremser, 1811) Travassos, 1915.

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