oa African Zoology - Polystomatidae (Monogenea) parasitic in the anuran genus Natalobatrachus in South Africa

Volume 22, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



In southern Natal adult polystomes have been found in 10,6% of a sample (n = 47) of Natalobatrachus bonebergi, a host species with a restricted eastern coastal distribution. The parasite is descriptionbed as Polystoma umthakathi sp. nov., and relevant information is also given on the ecology and geographical distribution of both paraSite and host. The taxonomic problems within the African polystomes and parasite adaptations to the ecology of the host are discussed.

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