Ascocotyle (Ascocotyle) tenuicollis Price, 1935

Scholz, T., Aguirre-Macedo, M. L. & Salgado-Maldonado, G., 2001, Trematodes of the family Heterophyidae (Digenea) in Mexico: a review of species and new host and geographical records, Journal of Natural History 35 (12), pp. 1733-1772: 1738-1739

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Ascocotyle (Ascocotyle) tenuicollis Price, 1935


Ascocotyle (Ascocotyle) tenuicollis Price, 1935  

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Morphology. Aguirre-Macedo and GarcõÂa-MaganÄa (1994: 17; ®gure 7a, b), Scholz et al. (1995: 179; ®gure 3A, C±E) and Scholz et al. (1997a: 163; ®gure 1E±G, I) provided detailed descriptions of metacercariae that can easily be distinguished from those of other Ascocotyle species   by combination of the following features: cyst spherical, thin-walled; body pyriform; preoral lobe prominent; posterior appendage long, curved to convoluted, reaching to pharynx or overlapping it; oral sucker with 32 circumoral spines forming two complete rows of 16 spines each; intestinal caeca short, very wide, sacciform, preacetabular, containing discoidal corpuscles; excretory bladder voluminous, ®lled with large lipoid droplets.

Second intermediate hosts. Astyanax fasciatus (Cuvier)   , Bramocharax caballeroi Contreras-Balderas and Rivera-Teillery   ( Characidae   ); Poecilia catemaconis Miller   , P. latipunctata Meek   , P. mexicana Steindachner   , P. petenensis (GuÈnther)   , P. velifera (Regan)   , Poeciliopsis catemaco Miller   ( Poeciliidae   ); Cichlasoma argentea Allgayer   , C. aureum (GuÈnther)   , C. fenestratum (GuÈnther)   , C. friedrichstahli (Heckel)   , C. geddesi (Regan)   , C. helleri (Steindachner)   , C. intermedium (GuÈnther)   , C. lentiginosum (Steindachner)   , C. managuens   e (GuÈnther), C. nourissati (Allgayer)   , C. octofasci   - atum (Regan), C. pearsei (Hubbs)   , C. salvini (GuÈnther)   , C. synspilum Hubbs   , C. urophthalmus (GuÈnther)   , Cichlasoma sp.   , Petenia splendida (GuÈnther)   ( Cichlidae   ); Ophisternon aenigmaticum Rosen and Greenwood   ( Synbranchidae   ).

Site   of infection. Heart, exceptionally gill arches.

Distribution. Campeche (El Vapor, El Viento, La Pera, Palizada, Rancho II, Santa Gertrudis); Chiapas (Cedros, LacanjaÂ); Quintana Roo (Bacalar, Box Toro, CabanÄas, Cenote Azul, Escondido, FramboyaÂn, La UnioÂn, Laguna Paiyegua, Mahahual, Ramonal, Raudales, RõÂo Hondo); Tabasco (Camellones Chontales, El Espino, Puyacatengo, Santa Anita, Tucta, YumkaÂ); Veracruz (Catemaco, Los TuxtlasÐBalzapote, La Palma, Las MaÂquinas); YucataÂn (CelestuÂn, Chaamac, Chen-haÂ, DzibilchaltuÂn, Mitza, Noc-choncunchey, Sahkaba).

References from Mexico. Aguirre-Macedo and GarcõÂa-MaganÄa (1994); Scholz et al. (1995, 1997a); Salgado-Maldonad o et al. (1997); Scholz and Vargas-VaÂzquez (1998); Vidal-MartõÂnez et al. (2000); present study.

Specimens deposited. CHCM-137, IPCAS D-345.


Morphology. Scholz et al. (1997a: 163 and 165; ®gure 1A±D, H) described adults from naturally and experimentally infected de®nitive hosts. The adult of A. (A.) tenuicollis   from the intestine of Casmerodius albus Linnaeus   from PaÂtzcuaro Lake (MichoacaÂn), previously misidenti®ed as A. leighi (CNHE 1532Ðsee Comments)   , is illustrated in ®gure 2.

De W nitive hosts. Ardea herodias   , Casmerodius albus   , Buteogallus anthracinus (Deppe)   , Phalacrocora x olivaceus (Humboldt)   .

Site   of infection. Intestine.

Distribution. Jalisco (Salinas de Careyes), MichoacaÂn (PaÂtzcuaro), YucataÂn (CelestuÂn).

References from Mexico. Aguirre-Macedo and GarcõÂa-MaganÄa (1994); Scholz et al. (1997a); present study.

Specimens deposited. CHCM-361, IPCAS D-344.

Comments. Cichlids are the most suitable second intermediate hosts but ®sh of other families may also harbour metacercariae that are normally encysted within the bulbus of the heart ( Scholz et al., 1997a). Adults have been found in four species of ®sh-eating birds in Mexico, two of which ( A. herodias   and P. olivaceus   ) are new de®nitive hosts of this parasite. SepuÂlveda et al. (1999) found A. (A.) tenuicollis   to belong to the most frequent (prevalence 54%) and numerous (mean intensity of infection 112 specimens; range 1±1260) helminth parasites of Casmerodius albus   in Florida.