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A Reviewal of Odhneria odhneri Travassos, 1921 (Trematoda: Microphallidae)

Norman R. Sinclair
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 57, No. 5 (Oct., 1971), pp. 980-982
DOI: 10.2307/3277849
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3277849
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A Reviewal of Odhneria odhneri Travassos, 1921 (Trematoda: Microphallidae)
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Abstract

Trematodes found in 14 species of shore birds and identified as Odhneria odhneri Travassos, 1921, show variations and features overlapping those of the following species which are synonymized with O. odhneri: Maritreminoides raminellae Dery, 1958 (placed in the genus Maritrema by Deblock et al., 1961; in Pseudospelotrema by Ching, 1963; and in Odhneria by Heard, 1970); Pseudospelotrema charadrii Cable et al., 1960 (placed in Odhneria by Heard, 1967); and Odhneria limnodromii Schell, 1967. Collection data indicate a winter-to-spring infection and a life span of less than a year throughout which growth continues. From the frequency and intensity of infections, size of specimens, and their longevity, the willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus) seems to be the most favorable definitive host of O. odhneri. Morphometric variation of the parasite depends on host species rather than size of host, some species providing a more favorable milieu than others. Hot fixation was found superior to other methods and the only one that consistently yielded preparations satisfactory for critical comparisons.

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