Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Research Article

A new species of Trypanosoma (Kinetoplastida: Trypanosomatidae) infecting catsharks from South Africa

E.M.  Yeld a1 and N.J.  Smit a2c1
a1 Marine Biology Research Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7701, South Africa
a2 Department of Zoology, University of Johannesburg, PO Box 524, Auckland Park, 2006, South Africa

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During a study on the parasite assemblages of two endemic catshark species, the dark shyshark (Haploblepharus pictus) and the puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii), from the west and south coasts of South Africa, a trypanosome new to science was observed in the blood of all sharks examined. This trypanosome species, Trypanosoma haploblephari sp. nov., is characterized by its large size, particularly its width, the shape and orientation of the cell nucleus, and its geographical location. Trypanosoma haploblephari is the first species of elasmobranch trypanosome to be described from southern Africa and represents the first description of a blood parasite from South African sharks.

(Published Online June 15 2006)
(Received October 21 2005)
(Accepted March 9 2006)

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