Acta Parasitologica, Vol. 52, No. 4, 2007,
Charles R. Bursey (1)* and Stephen R. Goldberg (2)
A new species of Aplectana (Nematoda, Cosmocercidae) in Platymantis boulengeri (Anura, Ceratobatrachidae) from Papua New Guinea
(1) Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University, Shenango Campus, Sharon, Pennsylvania 16146; (2) Department of Biology, Whittier College, Whittier, California 90608; USA
ABSTRACT Aplectana krausi sp. nov. (Ascaridida, Cosmocercidae) from the intestines of Platymantis boulengeri (Anura, Ceratobatrachidae) is described and illustrated.
Aplectana krausi represents the 42nd species assigned to the genus, the 4th species reported from the Australo-Papuan region. It is easily separated from the three species
previously reported from the region by the distribution pattern of male caudal papillae: A. macintoshii and A. novaezelandiae have irregular patterns;
A. zweifeli and A. krausi have defined patterns. Aplectana zweifeli has 810 precloacal, no adcloacal, and 9 postcloacal pairs of papillae,
there is a single median papillae just anterior to the cloaca; A. krausi has 5 precloacal, 1 adcloacal, and 5 postcloacal pairs of papillae, a median papillae is absent.
Aplectana krausi sp. nov., Nematoda, Platymantis boulengeri, Anura, Papua New Guinea