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Caryospora najadae sp.n. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from Dahl's whip snake,Coluber najadum (Serpentes: Colubridae)

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Oocysts of a newCaryospora species,Caryospora najadae, are described from the feces of a Dahl's whip snake,Coluber najadum, from Israel. The spherical oocysts ofC. najadae measure 31.9(27.9–36.3) μm in diameter and lack a micropyle and a oocyst residuum. The oocyst wall is between 1.5–2 μm thick. The ovoid sporocysts are 15.2(14.0–16.4) μm wide and 21.1(19.9–22.2) μm long. A sporocyst residuum, a Stieda body and substieda body are present. The sporulation is completed in about 72 h at 21.1±2° C. Sporozoites are elongate measuring circa 19–21×2–2.5 μm.

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Matuschka, F.-. Caryospora najadae sp.n. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from Dahl's whip snake,Coluber najadum (Serpentes: Colubridae). Z. Parasitenkd. 72, 181–183 (1986). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00931145

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  • Oocyst Wall
  • Stieda Body
  • Substieda Body
  • Whip Snake
  • Oocyst Residuum