Fathy Abdel-Ghaffar, Kohar G. Varjabedian, Mona Fol, Noha Talal, Rewaida Abdel-Gaber, Saleh Al-Quraishy (2020) Morphological redescription and phylogenetic assessment of Spauligodon aspiculus (Oxyuroidea: Pharyngodonidae) infecting the white-spotted gecko

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Thirty white spotted gecko, Tarentola annularis, from the South Sinai desert in Egypt were examined for helminth parasites. Spauligodon aspiculus was observed to infect 19 geckos with 63.33% as a prevalence of parasitic infection. The present nematode species is separated from congeners by morphological and metrical characteristics such as lateral alae, aspinose filamentous tail and no spicule, and three pairs of caudal papillae with posterior pair excluded from envelopment by the caudal alae in the male worms; and knobbed eggs, and postbulbar vulva in females. It compared morphometrically with other Spauligodon species described previously and showed few differences in measurements. Molecular characterization based on the partial 28S rRNA nuclear ribosomal gene sequence showed that there was a close identity, up to 72%, with other sequences retrieved from GenBank. Phylogenetic analysis showed that the parasite sequence in conjunction with existing data facilitates the investigation of the placement of this pharyngodonid species within Oxyurida. The present species is deeply embedded in the genus Spauligodon with close relationships to previously described S. nicolauensis (gb| JN619349.1, and JF829243.1) as more related sister taxa. This study highlights the importance of combining genetic and morphological data with taxonomy in pharyngodonid species.