Brugia lepori sp. n. (Filarioidea: Onchocercidae) from rabbits (Sylvilagus aquaticus, S. floridanus) in Louisiana

J Parasitol. 1984 Aug;70(4):576-9.


Brugia lepori sp. n., a filarial nematode from the abdominal lymphatics and subcutaneous tissues of rabbits (Sylvilagus aquaticus, S. floridanus), from St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, is described. Brugia lepori is of moderate size (males 12 to 19 mm, females 39 to 45 mm) and within the genus most closely resembles Brugia beaveri of the raccoon, from which it can be distinguished by its larger size, smaller spicules, and smaller microfilaria which has a shorter cephalic space. Brugia lepori is only the second species of Brugia described from North America and the third species reported from the Western Hemisphere.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brugia / anatomy & histology
  • Brugia / classification*
  • Female
  • Filariasis / parasitology
  • Filariasis / veterinary*
  • Filarioidea / classification*
  • Louisiana
  • Male
  • Microfilariae / anatomy & histology
  • Rabbits / parasitology*
  • Terminology as Topic