Parasitology Research

, Volume 102, Issue 5, pp 1081–1083 | Cite as

Prevalence and intensity of blood apicomplexan infections in reptiles from Romania

  • A. D. Mihalca
  • K. Racka
  • C. Gherman
  • D. T. Ionescu
Short Communication


In order to evaluate prevalence and intensity of apicomplexan hemoparasites in free-ranging reptiles from Romania, blood smears were collected from European pond turtles (Emys orbicularis), sand lizards (Lacerta agilis), and spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca). All three host species were positive for blood parasites, with prevalence of infected individuals between 60.71% and 100% and variable intensity. Similarities and differences with other epidemiological data are discussed.


Host Species Blood Smear Infected Erythrocyte Blood Parasite Apicomplexan Parasite 
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This research was funded by grant no. CNCSIS 33968/2003/86/32. The first author is indebted to his wife Linda for great help during field work with T. graeca.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. D. Mihalca
    • 1
  • K. Racka
    • 2
  • C. Gherman
    • 1
  • D. T. Ionescu
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Parasitology and Parasitic DiseasesFaculty of Veterinary MedicineCluj-NapocaRomania
  2. 2.Department of Fish, Bees and Game DiseasesInstitute of ParasitologyKosiceSlovak Republic
  3. 3.Department of game animalsFaculty of ForestryBraşovRomania

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