Endoparasites in two species of ranid frogs from Peninsular Malaysia, Odorrana hosii (Boulenger, 1891) and O. monjerai (Matsui and Jaafar, 2006), with comments on modes of infection
expand article infoStephen R. Goldberg, Charles R. Bursey§, L. Lee Grismer|
‡ Whittier College, Whittier, United States of America
§ Pennsylvania State University, Sharon, United States of America
| La Sierra University, Riverside, United States of America
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Odorrana hosii and O. monjerai from Peninsular Malaysia were examined for endoparasites. Only Nematoda were found. For Odorrana hosii, Amphibiocapillaria bufonis, Cosmocerca ornata and Abbreviata sp. (cysts) were found. For O. monjerai, A. bufonis and C. ornata were found. All are new host records.

Key Words

Nematoda, Amphibiocapillaria bufonis, Cosmocerca ornata, Abbreviata sp., new hosts, Peninsular Malaysia, prevalence

Odorrana hosii is known from southern Thailand, through the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and throughout Borneo; it is nocturnal and occurs around the edges of rocky creeks or rivers (Grismer 2011). Odorrana monjerai is known only from the type locality: Teroi River on Gunung Jerai, Kedah State, West Malaysia 5°47'N, 100°27'E) (Matsui and Jaafar 2006). There are, to our knowledge, no published reports of helminths for these species. The purpose of this note is to establish the initial helminth lists for O. hosii and O. monjerai.

We conducted a helminthological examination on five O. hosii (mean SVL = 67.2 mm ± 15.3 SD, range = 51–84 mm) and three O. monjerai (mean SVL = 67.3 mm ± 4.6 SD, range = 62–70 mm) from Peninsular Malaysia collected from 2004 to 2012 and deposited in the herpetology collection of La Sierra University (LSUHC), Riverside, California as: O. hosii LSUHC 6493, 7227, 10761 (Pahang State); LSUHC 9647 (Kedah State); LSUHC 8217 (Johor State) and O. monjerai LSUHC 10479, 10480, 10497 (Kedah State).

A lateral incision was made through the body wall and the digestive tract was removed. The oesophagus, stomach and small and large intestines were opened longitudinally and searched for helminths utilising a dissecting microscope. Helminths were cleared in a drop of lactophenol, placed on a microscope slide, cover-slipped and studied under a compound microscope.

Only Nematoda were found. Identification was made utilising Anderson et al. (2009) and Gibbons (2010). For A. bufonis, we also used drawings in Morishita (1926) and for C. ornata we also utilised Bala (2016). For O. hosii, one female each of Cosmocerca ornata was found in the large intestine of LSUHC 6493 and 8217 (prevalence, number hosts infected/ total hosts examined X 100 = 40%). Two females of A. bufonis were found in the small intestine of LSUHC 8217 (prevalence = 20%). Three and four cysts of Abbreviata sp. were found encysted in the stomachs of LSUHC 8217 and 9647 (prevalence = 40%). For O. monjerai, two males of A. bufonis were found in LSUHC 10479 and 4 (two males, two females) in LSUHC 10497 (both small intestines) prevalence = 66%. Two (one male, one female) C. ornata were found in the large intestine of LSUHC 10497 (prevalence = 33%).

Amphibiocapillaria bufonis has previously been found in amphibians from China and Japan (Goldberg and Bursey 2002). Capillarids typically have a direct life cycle with infection occurring when larvated eggs are ingested (Anderson 2000). Cosmocerca ornata is widespread and occurs in the Afrotropical, Neotropical, Oceanian, Oriental and Palearctic regions (Baker 1987). Infection may occur by larval skin penetration (Anderson 2000). Frogs serve as transport (= paratenic) hosts for larvae of Abbreviata sp. as they remain in cysts and complete development when eaten by a definitive host. Vouchers of A. bufonis, C. ornata and Abbreviata sp. were deposited in the Harold W. Manter Laboratory, (HWML), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA as: O.hosii: A. bufonis (HWML 110437), C. ornata (HWML 110438), Abbreviata sp. (HWML 110439); O. monjerai: A. bufonis (HWML 110441), C. ornata (HWML 110440). All are new host records.


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