Isospora lutrae n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae), a new coccidium from the European otter Lutra lutra (L.) (Carnivora: Mustelidae) from Spain

Abstract

Parasitological examination of European otter originating from Extremadura, Spain revealed the presence of a new isosporan species. Oöcysts of Isospora lutrae n. sp. are spherical to subspherical, 31.2 (27.5–32) × 29.6 (28–31) μm and have a smooth wall c. 1 μm thick. Sporocysts are ellipsoidal, 18.2 (17–19) × 14.4 (14–16) μm and lack Stieda and substieda bodies. A spherical sporocyst residuum is present, consisting of granules scattered among the sporozoites. Sporozoites are spindle-shaped, 12.4 × 2.5 μm and have anterior and posterior refractile bodies. Based on its unique morphologic structure and host, I. lutrae is considered to be new.

DOI: 10.1023/A:1006453532286

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@article{Torres2000IsosporaLN, title={Isospora lutrae n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae), a new coccidium from the European otter Lutra lutra (L.) (Carnivora: Mustelidae) from Spain}, author={Jordi Torres and David Modr{\'y} and Jes{\'u}s Fern{\'a}ndez and Jan {\vS}lapeta and Břetislav Koudela}, journal={Systematic Parasitology}, year={2000}, volume={47}, pages={59-63} }