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|Title:||A new eimeria species parasitic in western barred bandicoots, Perameles bougainville (Marsupialia: Peramelidae), in Western Australia|
|Citation:||Journal of Parasitology, 2006; 92(6):1292-1294|
|Publisher:||Amer Soc Parasitologists|
|M. D. Bennett, L. Woolford, A. J. O'Hara, P. K. Nicholls, K. Warren and R. P. Hobbs|
|Abstract:||Feces from western barred bandicoots, Perameles bougainville, examined during routine monitoring of captive breeding colonies and wild populations were frequently found to contain oocysts. Fecal oocysts from 1 individual housed at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre were allowed to sporulate in 2% potassium dichromate (K2Cr2O7) at room temperature. Sporulated oocysts are subspheroidal 18.8 X 17.9 (16.9-21.0 x 16.0-19.9) microm, with length/width (L/W) ratio of 1.05 (1.00-1.15), lack a micropyle and oocyst residuum, but they usually have a polar granule within a smooth trilaminate oocyst wall 1.0 (0.7-1.3) microm thick. Sporocysts are ovoid, 9.1 x 7.0 (8.1-10.8 x 6.1-8.6) microm, with L/W ratio of 1.32 (1.04-1.51), have a Stieda body, sporocyst residuum, and 2 comma-shaped sporozoites, each containing 2 spheroidal refractile bodies. Sporulation takes 2-5 days at room temperature. This is the first formal description of an Eimeria species parasitic in the order Peramelemorphia.|
|Keywords:||Feces; Animals; Marsupialia; Eimeria; Oocysts; Coccidiosis; Prevalence; Western Australia|
|Rights:||© American Society of Parasitologists 2006|
|Appears in Collections:||Animal and Veterinary Sciences publications|
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