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Johnsprentia copemani gen. nov., sp. nov. (Haemoproteidae), a parasite of the flying-fox, Pteropus alecto (Pteropidae), from Queensland

Title Johnsprentia copemani gen. nov., sp.nov. (Haemoproteidae), a parasite of the flying-fox, Pteropus alecto (Pteropidae), from Queensland (474 KB) pdf document icon
Author/s Landau, I., Chavatte, J.-M. & Beveridge, I.
Citation Landau, I., Chavatte, J.-M. & Beveridge, I. 2012 02 17: Johnsprentia copemani gen. nov., sp nov. (Haemoproteidae), a parasite of the flying-fox, Pteropus alecto (Pteropidae), from Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum – Nature 56(1): 61-66. https://doi.org/10.17082/j.2204-1478.56-1.2012.2012-05
Accepted 5 March 2010.
Date published 17 February 2012
DOI https://doi.org/10.17082/j.2204-1478.56-1.2012.2012-05
Keywords Haemoproteidae, Pteropus alecto, Johnsprentia copemani, new genus, new species, Queensland
Abstract
Black flying foxes (Pteropus alecto Temminck, 1837) captured in Townsville, Queensland, are parasitised by a new species of Haemoproteidae which differs morphologically and in its tissue localisation, having highly distinctive gametocytes and tissue forms in the lungs, which are described here. It cannot be accommodated in any of the genera of the Haemoproteidae known from mammals and is here named Johnsprentia copemani gen. nov., sp. nov.