- A new species of Dugesia (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida, Dugesiidae) from the Afromontane forest in South Africa, with an overview of freshwater planarians from the African continent
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
A new species of the genus Dugesia from the Amatola Mountains in the Eastern Province of South Africa is described, including a karyological account and notes on its life cycle and reproductive modes. The new species differs from its congeners in a unique combination of morphological characters of the copulatory apparatus, in particular the central course of the ejaculatory duct with its terminal opening at the tip of the penis papilla, the elongated seminal vesicle, the asymmetrical openings of the oviducts into the bursal canal, and the openings of vasa deferentia at about halfway along the seminal vesicle. In addition, an overview is provided of all freshwater triclads reported from the African continent including karyological information and notes on reproductive modes.
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