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Studies On Cestodes of the Common Indian Mynahs Acridotheres Tristis and a. Ginginianus (Aves)

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A comprehensive study of the cestodes of two common birds, viz., Acridotheres tristis (Linnaeus) and A. ginginianus (Latham) have been made. These birds, frequenting the outskirts of the city of Lucknow, have been found being parasitized by only three species of cestodes: two hymenolepids, viz., Hymenolepis farciminosa (Goeze, 1872) and H. magna Singh, 1952 and one dilepid cestode, viz., Choanotaenia acridotheresi sp. nov. The present study adds important data to the morphology of the hymenolepids. A detailed description of these three species including the components of the so-called "egg-shell" and gross morphology of the contained hexacanth is given. One notable observation made concerns the occurrence of penetration glands in the hexacanths of these cestodes. C. acridotheresi is chiefly characterized by a double row of rostellar hooks, craspedote proglottides, size of proglottides and of other structures, number of testes and position of genital pore. This work also includes a discussion on the systematic position of Monopylidium chandleri Moghe, 1925. This species has been removed from Panuwa Burt, 1940 and reinstated to the genus Choanotaenia Railliet, 1896.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India


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