Morphological, Molecular, and Histopathological Data for Sebekia mississippiensis Overstreet, Self, and Vliet, 1985 (Pentastomida: Sebekidae) in the American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis Daudin, and the Spotted Gar, Lepisosteus oculatus Winchell

Ethan T. Woodyard, Wes A. Baumgartner, Thomas Graham Rosser, Emily N. Bodin, Allyse M. Ferrara, Travis W. Noto, Lorelei M. Ford, Scott A. Rush

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Novel molecular data from both mitochondrial ( cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1) and ribosomal regions ( 18S, ITS1-5.8S, ITS2, and 28S) are provided for Sebekia mississippiensis Overstreet, Self, & Vliet, 1985 , a pentastome infecting the American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis Daudin, 1801, and the spotted gar, Lepisosteus oculatus Winchell, 1864. Adult and nymphal pentastomes are described from the lungs and liver of the type host, A. mississippiensis, collected from Mississippi, while additional nymphs are described from the esophageal lining of L. oculatus specimens collected from Louisiana. This sequencing data will facilitate more accurate identification of various life cycle stages of S. mississippiensis, enabling future work to resolve many ambiguities in the literature regarding this species. Additionally, histopathological data are provided from both the definitive and intermediate hosts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-298
Number of pages16
JournalThe Journal of parasitology
Volume105
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • American alligator
  • Pentastome
  • Sebekidae
  • Spotted Gar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Morphological, Molecular, and Histopathological Data for Sebekia mississippiensis Overstreet, Self, and Vliet, 1985 (Pentastomida: Sebekidae) in the American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis Daudin, and the Spotted Gar, Lepisosteus oculatus Winchell'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this