Parasitology Research

, Volume 100, Issue 2, pp 219–226 | Cite as

Endogenous development, pathogenicity and host specificity of Eimeria cahirinensis Couch, Blaustein, Duszynski, Shenbrot and Nevo, 1997 (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from Acomys dimidiatus (Cretzschmar 1826) (Rodentia: Muridae) from the Near East

  • Jana KvičerováEmail author
  • Pavla Ptáčková
  • David Modrý
Original Paper


Eimeria cahirinensis Couch et al. 1997 was found in faecal samples of Acomys dimidiatus from three different localities in the Near East. Twenty-two of 104 (21%) A. dimidiatus trapped on both the south- and north-facing slopes of “Evolution Canyon”, Lower Nahal Oren, Mt. Carmel, Israel in August 2001 and 2002 were infected with E. cahirinensis. Oocysts were also obtained from a single individual of A. dimidiatus trapped in Wadi Ramm, Jordan in the summer of 1999. Laboratory-reared spiny mice (Acomys spp.) were inoculated to determine the prepatent and patent period, sporulation time, site of infection, immunogenicity, pathogenicity, pathology and morphology of endogenous stages of E. cahirinensis. Both asexual and sexual stages were localised in the apical part of duodenal and jejunal villi. An experimental inoculation of representatives of several rodent genera revealed the host range of E. cahirinensis to be limited to the genus Acomys.


Coccidiosis Spiny Mouse Eimeria Species Sporulated Oocyst Uninfected Animal 
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We are deeply indebted to Eviatar Nevo and Tomáš Pavlíček, Institute of Evolution, Haifa, Israel for enabling the field studies at “Evolution Canyon”, Israel. The field work in Jordan was generously supported in part by the Higher Council of Science & Technology/Badia Development and Research Project (Animal Biodiversity). We are grateful for the continuous support of Mohamed Shahbaz, director of the Badia project. Research in W. Ramm was facilitated by the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature. We are most indebted to Zuhair Amr and Ratib Al-Oran for support. We thank Monika Kadlecová and Lada Hůrková from the Department of Parasitology, VFU Brno for kind help in the laboratory and with animal breeding. We are grateful to Marie Flašková for assistance with histological sections. Thanks are also due to Plzeň ZOO and Radim Šumbera for providing experimental animals. We thank Donald Duszynski and Lee Couch for useful comments and English correction. The study was supported by grant no. 524/03/1548 of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic. All experiments comply with the current laws of the Czech Republic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jana Kvičerová
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Pavla Ptáčková
    • 1
  • David Modrý
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ParasitologyUniversity of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical SciencesBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of ParasitologyAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicCeske BudejoviceCzech Republic
  3. 3.Faculty of BiologyUniversity of South BohemiaCeske BudejoviceCzech Republic

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