Journal of Helminthology

Research Article

A Review of the Genus Oxyspirura Drasche in Stossich, 1897 (Nematoda: Thelaziidae) with Descriptions of Fourteen New Species

Durdana S. Jairapuria1 and Ather H. Siddiqia1

a1 From the Section of Parasitology, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India and the Department of Zoology, University of Ife, (Ibadan Branch), Ibadan, Nigeria.

During the last two decades a number of species have been described in the already large genus Oxyspirura Drasche in Stossich, 1897. Twenty four new species have been described from India alone ; 2 by Singh (1948), 9 by Ali (1960), 4 by Rasheed (1960), 8 by Sultana (1964) and one by Siddiqi and M. S. Jairajpuri (1964). Recently, Oliveira Rodrigues (1962, '63) added 5 species from Brazil and Barus (1963, '65) 2 species, one from U.S.S.R. and the other from Czechoslovakia.

A survey of avian nematodes of Uttar Pradesh in India and Shagunu, Northern Nigeria yielded a number of worms from the orbital cavities of different birds. They represent 14 unidentified species of Oxyspirura and are here described as new.

All measurements are in millimetres unless otherwise stated.