A new species of an oxyurid nematode is described from the large intestine of the lacertid lizard Podarcis sicula (Rafinesque, 1810) (Reptilia: Lacertidae) from Italy. Spauligodon aloisei n. sp. differs from other species of the genus by a combination of morphological and metrical characters, including a spined tail in males and females, absence of a spicule in males, arrangement of the last pair of the male caudal papillae, vulva location, and egg morphology. The species most similar to S. aloisei n. sp. is Spauligodon caspius Annayev, 1987, described from Tenuidactylus (=Gymnodactylus) caspius in Turkmenistan. Tail length and location of the excretory pore and vulvar opening separate S. caspius from S. aloisei n. sp. This article increases the number of species of this genus from reptiles in the Paleartic Realm to 19.
SPAULIGODON ALOISEI N. SP. (NEMATODA: PHARYNGODONIDAE) PARASITE OF PODARCIS SICULA (REPTILIA: LACERTIDAE) FROM ITALY
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Joan Carles Casanova, Concetta Milazzo, Alexis Ribas, Mara Cagnin; SPAULIGODON ALOISEI N. SP. (NEMATODA: PHARYNGODONIDAE) PARASITE OF PODARCIS SICULA (REPTILIA: LACERTIDAE) FROM ITALY. J Parasitol 1 June 2003; 89 (3): 577–579. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2003)089[0577:SANSNP]2.0.CO;2
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