Nesolecithus africanusKlaus Rohde
The species has been recorded from western Africa (Nigeria). Its final host is the freshwater fish Gymnarchus niloticus (Mormyriformes). It reaches a length of 40.5 mm and a width of 19.5 mm. Eggs lack a stalk. Juveniles have been found in the haemocoel of the freshwater prawn Desmocaris trispinosa, also in Nigeria. It appears that the parasites restrict ovarian development of the prawn (Gibson, Bray and Powell, 1987). The species resembles Nesolecithus janickii closely and since both species are distributed in parts of Africa and South America that were adjacent in the Cretacean, they may be vicariant Godwanaland relicts that have little changed over the last 100 million years (Gibson, Bray and Powell, 1987).
Dubinina, M.N. (1982). Parasitic worms of the class Amphilinida (Platyhelminthes). "Nauka", Leningrad (in Russian). (Older references therein).
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