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Acanthocephala of the Genus Moniliformis from Rodents of Egypt with the Description of a New Species from the Egyptian Spiny Mouse (Acomys cahirinus)

Helen L. Ward and Diane R. Nelson
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 53, No. 1 (Feb., 1967), pp. 150-156
DOI: 10.2307/3276638
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3276638
Page Count: 7
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Acanthocephala of the Genus Moniliformis from Rodents of Egypt with the Description of a New Species from the Egyptian Spiny Mouse (Acomys cahirinus)
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Abstract

Moniliformis acomysi sp. n. is described from Acomys cahirinus (Egyptian spiny mouse) in Egypt. Specimens of Moniliformis moniliformis (Bremser, 1811) from Rattus rattus and Rattus norvegicus in Egypt are described and variability studies on this species are reported. Analyses of variance have been carried out to determine morphological differences between sexes of worms and differences between worms from the two host species. With regard to sexual dimorphism, significant differences between males and females have been found in the number of proboscis hooks per longitudinal row, size of largest hooks, proboscis size, and body length. With regard to host species, significant differences have been found in the number of longitudinal rows of hooks and the number of hooks per row.

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