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Division of Parasites
Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Division of Parasites
Museum of Southwestern Biology
CERIA Building 83 Room 204
302 Yale Blvd NE
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131


Publications from the Division of Parasites


Laidemitt, M.R., Zawadzki, E.T., Brant, S.V., Mutuku, M.W., Mkoji, G.M., and Loker, E.S. 2016. Loads of trematodes: Discovering hidden diversity of paramphistomoids in Kenyan ruminants. Parasitology (IN PRESS). 

Devkota R, Brant SV, Loker ES. 2016. A genetically distinct Schistosoma from Radix luteola from Nepal related to Schistosoma turkestanicum: a phylogenetic study of schistosome and snail host. Acta Tropica (IN PRESS).

Červená B, Brant SV, Fairet E, Shirley MH, Petrželková KJ, Modrý D. 2016.  Schistosoma mansoni in Gabon: Emerging or Ignored? The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (IN PRESS).

Brant SV, Loker ES, Casalins L, and Flores V. 2016. Phylogenetic placement of a schistosome from an unusual marine snail host, the false limpet (Siphonaria lessoni) and gulls (Larus dominicanus) from Argentina with a brief review of marine schistosomes from snails. Journal of Parasitology (IN PRESS).

Ebbs ET, Loker ES, Davis NE, Flores V, Veleizan A, Brant SV. 2016. Schistosomes with wings: how host phylogeny and ecology shape the global distribution of Trichobilharzia querquedulae (Schistosomatidae). International Journal of Parasitology 46: 669-677. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2016.04.009

Makarikov A, Hobert, EP. 2016. Broadening diversity in the Arostrilepis horrida comlex: Arostrilepis kontrimavichusi n. sp. (Cyclophyllidea: Hymenolepididae) in the western red-backed vole, Myodes californicus (Merriam) (Cricetidae: Arvicolinae) from temperate latitudes of the Pacific Northwest, North America. Systematic Parasitology 93:467-77. doi: 10.1007/s11230-016-9640-1

Devkota et al., 2016 the IN PRESS should be 45:857-870 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpara.2015.07.008

Caffara et al., 2016 the IN PRESS should be 102: 239-248 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1645/15-823

Lee et al., 2016 the IN PRESS should be 22:4  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2204.151446

Rothenburger et al 2016 the IN PRESS 83: 111-116 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1654/1525-2647-83.1.111

Ernst et al 2016 the IN PRESS 102: 327-335  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1645/15-863

Devkota R, Brant SV, Loker ES. 2016. The Schistosoma indicum species group in Nepal: presence of a new lineage of schistosome and use of the Indoplanorbis exustus species complex of snail hosts. International Journal for Parasitology (IN PRESS).

Caffara M, Locke SA, Cristanini C, Davidovich N, Markavich MP, Fioravanti ML. 2016. A combined morphometric and molecular approach to identifying metacercariae of Euclinostomum heterostomum (Digenea: Clinostomidae). Journal of Parasitology (IN PRESS).

Lee L, Wallace R, Clyde V, Gendron-Fitzpatrick A, Sibley S, Stuchin M, Lauck M, O'Connar D, Makao M, Lavikainen A, Hoberg EP, Goldberg T. (2016) Definitive hosts of a fata Versteria species (Cestoda? Taeniidae) in North America. Emerging Infectious Diseases (IN PRESS).

Rothenburger J, Hoberg EP, Wagner B. 2016. First report of Protechinostoma mucronisertulatum (Echinostomatidae) in a sandhill crane (Grus canadensis) from Saskatchewan, Canada. Comparative Parasitology (IN PRESS).

Ernst CM, Hanelt B, Buddle CM. 2016. Parasitism of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) by a new species of hairworm (Nematomorpha: Gordiida) in Arctic Canada. Journal of Parasitology (IN PRESS)
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1645/15-863

Harkins C, Shannon R, Papes M, Schmidt-Rhaesa A, Hanelt B, Bolek MG. 2016. Using Gordiid cysts to discover the hidden diversity, potential distribution, and new species of Gordiids (Phylum Nematomorpha). Zootaxa 4088: 4.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4088.4.3

Fakhar M, Ghobaditara M, Brant SV, Karamian M, Gohardehi S, Bastani R. (2016). Phylogenetic analysis of nasal avian schistosomes (Trichobilharzia) from aquatic birds in Mazandaran province, northern Iran. Parasitology International 65:151-158
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.parint.2015.11.009


Topper, Lauren. "Parasite Collection a Tool for Education." The Daily Lobo. University of New Mexico, 15 Jan. 2015. Web.

Horak P, Libor M, Lichtenbergova L, Skala V, Soldanova M, Brant SV. 2015. Avian schistosomes and outbreaks of cercarial dermatitis. Clinical Microbiology Reviews 28: 165-190.

Hanelt B, Schmidth-Rhaesa A, Bolek M. 2015. Cryptic speciation of a hairworm parasite revealed by molecular data and crowdsourcing of specimen collections. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 82: 211-218.
doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2014.09.010

Vhora MS, Bolek MG. 2015. Temporal occurrence and community structure of helminth parasites in southern leopard frogs Rana spheocephala, from north central Oklahoma. Parasitology Research 114: 1197-1206.
doi: 10.1007/s00436-014-4303-0.

Wiles CM, Bolek MG. 2015. Damselflies (Zygoptera) as paratenic hosts for Serpinema trispinosum and its report from turtle hosts from Oklahoma, USA. Folia Parasitologica 62: 019.
doi: 10.14411/fp.2015.019

Narayanan J, Mull BJ, Brant SVLoker ES, Collinson J, Secor WE, Hill VR. 2015. Real-time PCR and Sequencing Assays for Rapid Detection and Identification of Avian Schistosomes in Environmental Samples. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81(12):4207-15.
doi: 10.1128/AEM.00750-15.

Sweazea KL, Simperova A, Juan T, Gadau A, Brant SV, Deviche P, Jarrett C. 2015. Pathophysiological responses to a schistosome infection in a wild population of mourning doves (Zenaida macroura). Zoology 118: 386-393.

Devkota R, Brant SV, Loker ES. 2015. The Schistosoma indicum species group in Nepal: presence of a new lineage of schistosome and use of the Indoplanorbis exustus species complex of snail hosts. International Journal for Parasitology 45: 857-870
doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2015.07.008

Pinto HA, de Melo AL, Brant SV. (2015). Where are the South American freshwater turtle blood flukes (Trematoda: Spirorchiidae)? The first morphological and molecular analysis of spirorchiid cercariae from freshwater snails in Brazil. Parasitology International 64: 553-558.

Flores V, Brant SVLoker ES. (2015). Avian schistosomes from the South American endemic gastropod genus Chilina (Pulmonata: Chilinidae), with a brief review of South American schistosomes species. Journal of Parasitology 101: 565-576.

Gustafson KD, Bolek MG. 2015. Tradeoff Between Establishing an Infection and Killing the Host: Response of Snails (Physa acuta) to a Gradient of Trematode (Halipegus eccentricus) Exposures. Journal of Parasitology 101: 104-107.

Pratap Kafle, Manigandan Lejeune, Guilherme G. Verocai, Eric P. Hoberg, and Susan J. Kutz. 2015. Morphological and morphometric differentiation of dorsal-spined first stage larvae of lungworms (Nematoda: Protostrongylidae) infecting muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) in the central Canadian Arctic.International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 4(3): 283–290.
doi: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2015.05.003

Locke SA, Al-Nasiri FS, Caffara M, Drago F, Kalbe M, Lapierre AR, McLaughlin JD, Nie P, Overstreet RM, Souza GTR, Takemoto RM, Marcogliese DJ. 2015. Diversity, specificity and speciation in larval Diplostomidae (Platyhelminthes: Digenea) in the eyes of freshwater fish, as revealed by DNA barcodes. International journal for parasitology. IN PRESS
doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2015.07.001

Makarikov, A.A., Nims, T.N., Galbreath, K.E., Hoberg, E.P. 2015. Hymenolepis folkertsi n. sp. (Eucestoda: Hymenolepididae) in the oldfield mouse Peromyscus polionotus from the southeastern Nearctic with comments on tapeworm faunal diversity among deer mice. Folia Parasitologica. 114(6):2107-2117.

Jouet D, Kolářová L, Patrelle C, Ferté H, Skírnisson K. 2015. Trichobilharzia anseri n. sp. (Schistosomatidae: Digenea), a new visceral species of avian schistosomes isolated from greylag goose (Anser anser
L.) in Iceland and France. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 34: 298–306.
doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2015.06.012

John E. Ubelaker, Bretton S. Griffin, Genevieve M. Konicke, Nora Abdullah, Aya Mouhaffel, Donald Duszynski, and Robert L. Harrison. 2015. Metazoan Endoparasites of the Gray Fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus from New Mexico. Manter: Journal of Parasite Biodiversity Occasional Papers 1.

John E. Ubelaker, Nora Abdullah, Aya Mouhaffel, Rashmi Ananadampillair, Caitlyn Emigh, Scott L. Gardner. 2015. Natural infections of tetrathyridia of species in deer mice, from New Mexico. The Southwestern Naturalist 59(3):404-406.


Hanelt B, Schmidth-Rhaesa A, Bolek M. 2014. Cryptic speciation of a hairworm parasite revealed by molecular data and crowdsourcing of specimen collections. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (In Press).

Haukisalmi V, Hardman LM, Hoberg EP, Henttonen H. 2014. Phylogenetic relationships and taxonomic revision of Paranoplocephala Luhe, 1910 sensu lato (Cestoda, Cyclophyllidea, Anoplocephalidae). ZooTaxa 3873:4  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3873.4.3

Mindsuckers. National Geographic November 2014. Specimens from Dr. Ben Hanelt featured.

Galen SC, Witt, CC. 2014. Diverse avian malara and other haemosporidian parasites in Andean house wrens: evidence for regional co-diversification by host switching. Journal of Avian Biology 45:1-13. doi: 10.1111/jav.00375​

Gustafson KD and Bolek MG. 2014. Tradeoff Between Establishing an Infection and Killing the Host: Response of Snails (Physa acuta) to a Gradient of Trematode (Halipegus eccentricus) Exposures. Journal of Parasitology (In Press)

John E. Ubelaker, Bretton S. Griffin, Genevieve M. Konicke, Donald W. Duszynski and Robert L. Harrison. 2014. Helminth Parasites from the Kit Fox, Vulpes macrotis (Carnivora: Canidae), from New Mexico. Comparative Parasitology 81(1):100-104. doi: 10.1654/4657.1

Pinto HA, Brant SV, de Melo AL. 2014. Physa marmorata (Mollusca: Physidae) as a natural intermediate host of Trichobilharzia (Trematoda: Schistosomatidae), a potential causative agent of avian cercarial dermatitis in Brazil. Acta Tropica 138:38-43

Kraus, TJ, Brant, SV, Adema, CM. 2014. Characterization of trematode cercariae from Physella acuta in the Middle Rio Grande. Comparative Parasitology 81: 105-109.

Devkota, R, Brant, SV, Thapa, A, Loker, ES. 2014. Two avian schistosome cercariae from Nepal, including a Macrobilharzia – like species from Indoplanorbis exustus. Parasitology International 63: 374-80.

Devkota, R, Brant, SV, Thapa, A, Loker, ES. 2014. Sharing schistosomes: the elephant schistosome Bivitellobilharzia nairi also infects the greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Journal of Helminthology 88:32-40.


Ubelaker JE, Bretton SG, Duszynski DW, Harrison RL. 2013. Distribution records for helminths of the red fox Vulpes vulpes from New Mexico. 58: 111-112. doi: 10.1894/0038-4909-58.1.111

Brant, SV, Loker ES. 2013. Discovery-based studies of schistosome diversity stimulate new hypotheses about parasite biology. Trends in Parasitology 29: 449-459.

Brant, SV, Jouet, D, Ferte, H, Loker, ES. 2013. Anserobilharzia gen. n. (Digenea, Schistosomatidae) and redescription of A. brantae (Farr & Blankemeyer, 1956) comb. n. (syn. Trichobilharzia brantae), a parasite of geese (Anseriformes). ZooTaxa 3670: 193-206.

Devkota, R, Brant, SV, Thapa, A, Loker, ES. 2013. Sharing schistosomes: the elephant schistosome Bivitellobilharzia nairi also infects the greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Journal of Helminthology (IN PRESS).

Brant SV, Pomajbikova K, Modry D, Petrzelkova KJ, Todd A, Loker ES. (2013) Molecular phylogenetics of the elephant schistosome, Bivitellobilharzia loxodontae (Trematoda: Schistosomatidae) from the Central African Republic. Journal of Helminthology 87: 102-107.

Parasite of the Day blog entry about Bivitellobilharzia loxodontae

Makarikov, AA, Galbreath, KE, Hoberg, EP. 2013. Parasite diversity at the Holarctic nexus: species of Arostrilepis (Eucestoda: Hymenolepididae) in voles and lemmings (Cricetidae: Arvicolinae) from greater Beringia. Zootaxa 3608 (6): 401–439.

McAllister, CT, Bolek MG, Hanelt B. 2013.  The horsehair worm, Paragordius varius (Nematomorpha: Gordiida): New to the fauna of Oklahoma. Southwest Naturalist. 58:249-250.

Matthew G. Bolek, Erin Rogers, Cleo Szmygiel, Ryan P. Shannon, Whitney E. Doerfert-Schrader, Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, and Ben Hanelt (2013) Survival of Larval and Cyst Stages of Gordiids (Nematomorpha) After Exposure to Freezing. Journal of Parasitology 99: 397-402.


Greenberg JA, DiMenna MA, Hanelt B, Hofkin BV. 2012.  Analysis of post-blood meal flight distances in mosquitoes utilizing zoo animal blood meals. Journal of Vector Ecology.  37:83-89.

Looney C, Hanelt B, Zack RS. 2012.  New Records of nematomorph parasites (Nematomorpha: Gordiida) of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and camel crickets (Orthoptera: Rhabidophoridae) in Washington state. Journal of Parasitology. 98: 1-6.  doi: 10.1645/GE-2929.1

Hanelt B, Bolek MG, Schmidt-Rhaesa A. 2012.  Going Solo: Discovery of the first partheno-genetic Gordiid (Nematomorpha: Gordiida). PLoS ONE. In press. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0034472

VanHorn DJ, Hall JR, Loker ES, Mitchell KR, Mkoji GM, Adema CM, Takacs-Vesbach CD. 2012. Complex intestinal bacterial communities in three species of planorbid snails. Journal of Molluscan Studies 78: 74-80.

Horak P., Schets FM, Kolarova L, Brant SV. 2012. Trichobilharzia. In: Molecular Detection of Human Parasitic Pathogens (D. Liu, Ed.). Taylor and Francis, USA.


Brant, SV, Bochte, CA, Loker, ES. 2011. New intermediate host records for the avian schistosomes Dendritobilharzia pulverulenta, Gigantobilharzia huronensis and Trichobilharzia querquedulae from North America. Journal of Parasitology. 97: 946-949.

Cupit PM, Steinauer ML, Tonnessen BW, Agola LE, Kinuthia JM, Mwangi IN, Mutuku MW, Mkoji GM, Loker ES, Cunningham C. 2011. Polymorphism associated with the Schistosoma mansoni tetraspanin-2 gene. International Journal for Parasitology 41: 1249-1252.

Lotfy WM, Hanelt B, Mkoji GM, Loker ES. 2011. Genotyping Natural Infections of Schistosoma mansoni in Biomphalaria alexandrine From Damietta, Egypt, with Comparisons to Natural Snail Infections From Kenya. Journal of Parasitology 97: 156-159.