Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 82, Issue 2, pp 121–123

Description of a new species of Eimeria Schneider, 1875 (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from the western Derby eland Taurotragus derbianusderbianus Gray (Artiodactyla: Bovidae) in Senegal


DOI: 10.1007/s11230-012-9352-0

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Máca, O. Syst Parasitol (2012) 82: 121. doi:10.1007/s11230-012-9352-0


Examination of faecal samples from semi-captive western Derby elands Taurotragus derbianus derbianus Gray, in the Bandia and Fathala Reserves of Senegal, revealed the presence of oöcysts of the genus Eimeria Schneider, 1875 that we considered to represent a new species, Eimeria derbiani n. sp. The new species possesses nearly ellipsoidal oöcysts (length/width ratio 1.3) with a bi-layered wall and an average size of 27.6 × 21.5 μm. E. derbiani possesses a micropyle covered by a micropylar cap and ovoidal, single-layered sporocysts with an average size of 14.9 × 7.7 μm, each with a Stieda body. Sporozoites of E.derbiani possess a large refractile body and a nucleus. Sporulation lasted for 2 days at 23°C. The new species is differentiated from the two species parasitising Taurotragus oryx Pallas, E. canna Triffitt, 1924 and E. triffittae Yakimoff, 1934.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pathology and ParasitologyState Veterinary Institute PraguePrague 6Czech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of Tropics and SubtropicsCzech University of Life SciencesPragueCzech Republic