Stomatophora cloptoni sp. n. (Apicomplexa: Eugregarinida) from the seminal vesicles of an Indian earthworm

Bandyopadhyay, P.K.; Mitra, A.K.

Acta Protozoologica 44(4): 385-388


ISSN/ISBN: 0065-1583
Accession: 004328552

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In a Survey of the endoparasitic acephaline gregarines in the district South 24 Parganas of West Bengal, India seminal vesicles of earthworm Eutyphoeus orientalis (Beddard) were found to be infested with a new species of the genus Stomatophora Drzhevetskii, 1907. Stomatophora cloptoni sp. n. is spheroidal and measures 95.0-135.0 (110.0 ± 9.0) μm in dianieter. A conical sucker 40.0-62.0 (55.0 ± 1.5) μm is present marked by eight furrows dividing the lateral margin of the sucker into S lobes. Nucleus spherical, 18.0-24.0 μm (20.0 ± 2.0) μm in diameter and placed very close to the sucker. Gametocysts are ovoid and ineasure 59.0-86.0 x 58.0-68.0 μm and oocysts biconical with almost bluntly pointed ends and ineasure 13.0-19.0 x 10.0-12.0 μm.