Large numbers of coccidian oocysts belonging to the genus Isospora were obtained from the intestinal contents of 98 Carduelis atrata imported into Italy from South America during the months of August through December 1994. The oocysts are subspherical and average 21 X 20.3 mu m (19.4-23.5 mu m X 18.5-22 mu m), have a bilayered wail, and an oval polar granule (rarely two). The sporocysts are elliptical and measure 18.8 mu m X 10.3 mu m (17.5-18.94 mu m X 9.5-11.0 mu m). The Stieda body protrudes slightly from the end of the sporocyst. A large sporocyst residuum is present, consisting of many granules that may be in a compact mass or scattered. Since this Isospora sp.does not resemble any other species of Isospora previously described from birds of the genus Carduelis, it has been named Isospora atrata n. sp. after the host. Disseminated asexual stages were found in mononuclear cells derived from formalin-fixed post mortem material, suggesting this coccidian may represent an Atoxoplasma-like parasite. Four coccidia-free Serinus canarius L. cohabitated for a lone period (4 mo) with infected C. atrata but oocysts were never found in the stool of these birds.
|Autori:||Rossi G; Perrucci S; Macchioni G|
|Titolo:||Isospora atrata n sp (Apicomplexa, Eimeriidae): A new coccidium isolated from Carduelis atrata (Passeriformes, Fringillidae)|
|Anno del prodotto:||1996|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1550-7408.1996.tb04508.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|