FLORA AND FAUNA ISSN 2456-9364(Online) 0971-6920(Print)
         
2018 Vol.24 No.2 PP 339-344
EPISTHMIUM ALYKHANI SP.NOV.. (TREMATODA: ECHINOSTOMATIDAE) FROM THE CATTLE EGRET (BUBULCUS IBIS) IN LARKANA SINDH, PAKISTAN.
*SANJOTA N.DAS1, H. A. SAEED, R. R. GHAZI2 AND G.S. GACHAL1
1Department of Zoology,
University of Sindh, Jamshoro, SINDH, PAKISTAN.
2Vertebrate Pest Control Laboratory,
Southern Zone Agricultural Research Centre,
Karachi University Campus, KARACHI 75270.
*Corresponding Author : Email : drsanjota@gmail.com
ABSTRACT
The helmintho fauna of ten specimens of Cattle egret ( Bubulcus ibis ) from Larkana Sindh, Pakistan was studied. From all the specimens studied, the 30% were positive for helminths. The genus Episthmium9, was recovered in small intestine of Cattle egret and proposed as new species Episthmium alykhani sp.n. The new species is characterized by having: Body of parasite is flattened 6-6.24 by 2-2.5, Head collar bears 18 spines, Pre-pharynx absent, Ventral sucker is rounded, Testes tandem,anterior testis is cup shaped 0.7-0.79 by 1.52-1.63, posterior testis is roughly spherical 1- 1.2 by 1.2-1.3, Ovary horizontal elongated 0.3-0.4 by 0.8-0.86, Vitellaria dense commence from below the bifurcation reaches upto the anterior region of posterior testis.Eggs 0.17-0.22 by 0.08-0.091.

Key words : Bubulcus ibis, Episthmium alykhani sp.n., Larkana, Pakistan, Sindh.
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