Parasitology, Harold W. Manter Laboratory of
Redescription of Cryptocotyle thapari McIntosh, 1953 (Trematoda: Heterophyidae), in the River Otter Lutra longicaudis from Bolivia
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Cryptocotyle thapari McIntosh, 1953 (Digenea: Heterophyidae), collected originally from a South American otter that died at the U.S. National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is redescribed from specimens obtained from a river otter, Lutra longicaudis, collected from the Rı´o Matos in the Departamento de Beni, Bolivia. These individuals of C. thapari are slightly smaller than the type specimens, but they have similar features, including testes arranged in tandem and a well-defined ventrogenital sac. We redescribe this species because the original description was based on only 3 individuals, and the figures lacked detail. This is the first record of Cryptocotyle from any species of Lutra in South America and is the first record from an otter in Bolivia.
Published in Comparative Parasitology, v. 73, no. 1 (2006): 20-23. Copyright 2006, the Helminthological Society of Washington. Used by permission.