Myxidium serotinum (Protista: Myxozoa) from a Jefferson salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) in Illinois

C. T. McAllister, J. A. Crawford, Andrew R. Kuhns

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The Jefferson salamander, Ambystoma jeffersonianum (Green, 1827) ranges from southeastern New York through Pennsylvania and eastern and southern Ohio to southern Indiana, and southward to southcentral Kentucky and northern Virginia (Conant & Collins 1998). However, because of extensive hybridization with the blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale), the precise range of novel populations is uncertain (Bogart & Klemens 1997). In Illinois, the species is listed as imperiled (S2) by the Nature Conservancy (NatureServe 2008) and has been reported from only two counties of the state (Clark and Edgar) (Brodman 2005). As such, A. jeffersonianum is listed as a threatened species in Illinois (Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board 2006). Little is known about the endoparasites of A. jeffersonianum. Rankin (1945) reported the trematode, Brachycoelium salamandrae in A. jeffersonianum from Massachusetts, Fischthal (1955) noted unidentified immature trematodes and metacercariae from the species in New York, and Anderson (1960) documented the nematode, Cosmocercoides dukae in this salamander from Ontario, Canada. Herein is provided new host and geographic distribution records for an endoparasite of A. jeffersonianum from Illinois.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-64
JournalTexas Journal of Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


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