n African Zoology - A new coccidian parasite (Apicomplexa : Eimeriidae) from the rufous elephant shrew, , from Kenya - : short communication

Volume 40, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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<I>Eimeria elephantuli&lt;/I&gt; n.sp. is the first species of coccidian parasite reported from the rufous elephant shrew, <I>Elephantulus rufescens.&lt;/I&gt; Oocysts are subspherical, 29.4 (27-34) × 26.1 (23-29) µm, with a distinct spherical oocyst residuum and polar granule. The oocyst wall is bilayered, brownish and finely granular. Sporocysts are ellipsoidal, 12.6 (11-14) × 8.8 (8-10) µm, possessing Stieda and substiedal bodies. The sporocyst residuum consists of numerous fine granules scattered irregularly among the sporozoites. Sporozoites are vermiform, with a large posterior, bean-shaped refractile body. Individual macrogamonts, presumed to be those of <I>E. elephantuli</I>, had large wall-forming bodies and were found in the enterocytes of the small intestine.

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