Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Biology (B.S.B.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Stephen Greiman


Vampirolepis is a cosmopolitan genus within the Hymenolepididae infecting bats (Chiroptera). A new species of Vampirolepis is described from the black myotis bat, Myotis nigricans. The new species was collected from El Llano, Llano Carti in Guana Yala province, Chepo District Panama in October of 2016. Morphological characteristics and mitochondrial (mt) genome sequences were used to differentiate the new species from its congeners. The new species is morphologically most similar to Vampirolepis temmincki and Vampriolepis dasipteri, but can be differentiated based on its overall length and width, size of ovary, length of cirrus sac, proportions of rostellar hooks, and egg size. We sequenced, assembled, and annotated the mt genome of the new species. Mitochondrial genomes were assembled from Illumina HiSeq whole genome sequence data. Bioinformatic programs NOVOPlasty and Geneious were used to isolate and assemble the mt genomes, which were annotated using both Geneious (protein-coding genes (12) and rRNAs (2)) and ARWEN (tRNAs (22)).

Thesis Summary

New species description of a tapeworm from bats collected from Panama.

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