The life-cycle and seasonal abundance of Echinoparyphium montgomeriana n. sp. (Trematoda: Echinostomatidae) in Natal, South Africa
Fiona A. Donnelly
Ingrid M. Eriksson
A new species of Echinoparyphium, E. montgomeriana, is described from Durban, South Africa. Certain unusual aspects of its morphology are discussed. The adult fluke is a parasite of the alimentary tract of birds. Its larval stages are common parasites of freshwater snails belonging to the family Planor-bidae including Buiinus africanus,the intermediate host of Schistosoma haematobium and S. mattheei in the area. These intra-molluscan stages are shown to have a seasonal transmission cycle.