Parasites of the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, in southern California, U.S.A

Comparative Parasitology
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Abstract

A total of 230 feral African clawed frogs, Xenopus laevis, from 3 localities in southern California were examined for parasites. The following species were found: 3 species of Protozoa, Nyctotherussp., Balantidium xenopodis, Protoopalina xenopodus; 2 species of Monogenea, Protopolystoma xenopodis, Gyrdicotylus gallieni; 1 species of Digenea, Clinostomum sp. (as metacercariae); 1 species of Cestoda, Cephalochlamys namaquensis; 2 species of Nematoda, Contracaecum sp. (as larvae), Eustrongylides sp. (as larvae); and 1 species of Acanthocephala, Acanthocephalus sp. (as cystacanth). Of these, the protozoans P. xenopodus and B. xenopodis, both monogeneans, and the cestode have an African origin. Contracaecum sp., Eustrongylides sp., and Acanthocephalus sp. have not been previously reported from X. laevis.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Parasites of the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, in southern California, U.S.A
Series title Comparative Parasitology
DOI 10.1654/4112
Volume 71
Issue 2
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher The Helminthological Society of Washington
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 4 p.
First page 229
Last page 232