Breinlia booliati Singh and Ho, 1973 is described from the Malaysian wood rat, Rattus rattus jalorensis Bonhote. The parasites presented here were originally discovered in 1955 in Kuantan, Malaysia, but were not classified until now. On the basis of morphological observations of anatomical structures and comparisons with other species of Breinlia, it was determined that the parasites were B. booliati. The parasites discussed here show slight deviation from B. booliati, but they do not warrant a new species classification. There is some variation in anatomical measurements, the number of male caudal papillae, and the morphology of the microfilariae. Breinlia booliati from a new host is described in this article, with a brief discussion on Rattus species that are hosts of B. booliati and vectors that transmit the parasite. The occurrence of B. booliati in R. r. jalorensis represents the first report of the parasite in this host.
OBSERVATIONS OF BREINLIA BOOLIATI IN A NEW HOST, RATTUS RATTUS JALORENSIS, FROM KUANTAN, STATE OF PAHANG, MALAYSIA
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M. S. Tucker, D. L. Price, B. H. Kwa, A. C. DeBaldo; OBSERVATIONS OF BREINLIA BOOLIATI IN A NEW HOST, RATTUS RATTUS JALORENSIS, FROM KUANTAN, STATE OF PAHANG, MALAYSIA. J Parasitol 1 December 2003; 89 (6): 1220–1226. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-3175
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