Animal parasitology in Africa: Special Issue

Posted 12 August 2015 by NISC under Announcements & Notices • Journal: African Zoology
Animal parasitology in Africa: Special Issue

A consistent flow of manuscripts on parasites to African Zoology prompted the Editorial Board to dedicate a special issue to this topic published in Volume 50 (2) titled Animal parasitology in Africa. The special issue published 11 papers in total. 

Although South African parasitologists have received international recognition for their work on parasitic diseases of domestic animals and humans for more than 100 years, following ground breaking work of those at Onderstepoort Research Facility and the Veterinary Faculty at University of Pretoria, this issue centres largely on parasites of aquatic organisms, a focus of many South African researchers. 

This issue resembles the current research foci in fish parasitology with some papers reporting first findings and alpha taxonomy of underside species.

Three papers summarise occurrence patterns of Kroyeria, Contracaecum, and Dactylogyrus on their hostsand report the geographical distribution and seasonal diversity, and two papers describe the pathology of a diplostomid and Enterogyrus coronatus respectively in the eyes and stomachs of their fish hosts. 

In her introduction to the special issue Annemarie Avenant-Oldewage, notes that from the content it is obvious that scientists are still merely scratching the surface of the proverbial biodiversity pool of a selected few waterbodies and many years dedicated work will be necessary for a clear understanding. Considering that many parasites spend a substantial part of their life cycle as free-living organisms and form an important component of the food web, better understanding will also enhance comprehension of the parasite’s role in the ecosystem at large. 

The introduction is available to read for a free access period until the end of August here.

Also available to read for this limited free access period is the research paper, Ectoparasite diversity in the Eastern Rock Sengis (Elephantulus myurus): the effect of seasonality and host sex, Fagir et al, found here.

Open access articles include the review paper, Marine fish parasitology in South Africa: history of discovery and future direction, Nico J Smit and Kerry A Hadfield found here, the original article, Review of Mothocya Costa, in Hope, 1851 (Crustacea: Isopoda: Cymothoidae) from southern Africa, with the description of a new species, Kerry A Hadfield, Niel L Brice and Nico J Smit and found here, and the original article First Hemolivia from southern Africa: reassigning chelonian Haemogregarina parvula Dias, 1953 (Adeleorina: Haemogregarinidae) to Hemolivia (Adeleorina: Karyolysidae), Courtney A Cook, Edward C Netherlands and Nico J Smit found here

Photograph Caption: Editors-In-Chief, Carol A Simon and Theresa C Wossler stand with the special issue at the ESSA/ZSSA 2015 conference held in July 2015 in Grahamstown. Photograph Credit: Sarah Cohen, Sales and Marketing Administrator, NISC. 

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