Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 71, Issue 3, pp 223–228 | Cite as

Two new species of Eimeria Schneider, 1875 (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from Gerbilliscus guineae Thomas (Rodentia: Gerbillinae) in the Niokolo Koba National Park, Senegal

  • David ModrýEmail author
  • Klára Petrželková
  • Miloslav Jirků
  • Petr Koubek


We describe two new species of Eimeria Schneider, 1875 from the gerbiline rodent Gerbilliscus guineae in the Niokolo Koba National Park, Senegal. Faecal examination of samples revealed the presence of sporulated oöcysts of two eimerian coccidia, both possessing an oöcyst residuum. Eimeria permira n. sp. is remarkable in terms of oöcyst size and oöcyst wall texture. Sporulated oöcysts are ellipsoidal, 45.8 (42–50) × 32.5 (31–38) μm; the oöcyst wall is 3–4 μm thick, composed of three layers, with the outer layer sheathed by rough granular material; and the sporocysts are broadly ellipsoidal, 15.4 (15–16) × 11 and with a Stieda body present. Oöcysts of Eimeria gerbillisci n. sp. are subspherical, 22.5 (19.5–24) × 18.8 (16.5–20) μm, with a colourless, faintly granulated oöcyst wall 1.5 thick; and the sporocysts are 10.1 (10–12) × 6.7 (6–8), broadly ellipsoidal and often somewhat pointed towards both ends.


Eimeria Species Faecal Examination Polar Granule Czech Academy Refractile Body 
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The study was funded by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (grants 524/03/H133 and 524/03/1548) and the Grant Agency of the Czech Academy of Sciences (grant no. IAA 6093403).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Modrý
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Klára Petrželková
    • 3
    • 4
  • Miloslav Jirků
    • 2
  • Petr Koubek
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ParasitologyUniversity of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical SciencesBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of Parasitology, Biology CentreAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicČeské BudějoviceCzech Republic
  3. 3.Institute of Vertebrate Biology v.v.i.Academy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicBrnoCzech Republic
  4. 4.Liberec ZooLiberecCzech Republic

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