Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 321–329 | Cite as

Two new species of the genus Quadruspinospora Sarkar et Chakravarty, 1969 (Apicomplexa, Conoidasida) from grasshoppers (Insecta, Orthoptera)

  • Biplob Kumar Modak
  • Saugata Basu
  • Durga Prasad Haldar
Original Paper

Abstract

Descriptions of structures and life histories of two new species of septate gregarines (Apicomplexa, Conoidasida) are given. These are: Quadruspinospora cloptoni sp. nov. and Quadruspinospora caudata sp. nov. from the midguts of Oxya hyla hyla Serville and Gesonula punctiformes (Stal.) (Insecta, Orthoptera, Acrididae), respectively. Trophozoites of Q. cloptoni attain a maximum length of 944 μm and their epimerites are either a simple knob or cauliflower-like without any digitiform process; gamonts are solitary and, spherical gametocysts, 390 μm, release ovoid oocysts by a simple rupture, the latter being provided with four characteristic spines, two at each pole. Trophozoites of Q. caudata are much smaller, 578 μm in maximum length, and the epimerite in this gregarine is short and cone like. Spherical gametocysts, 365 μm, also dehisce by a simple rupture releasing ovoid oocysts having four typical spines, characteristic of the genus Quadruspinospora Sarkar et Chakravarty, 1969. The validity of Quadruspinospora as a distinct genus is discussed.

Keywords

Apicomplexa Conoidasida Quadruspinospora septate gregarines Orthoptera grasshoppers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Biplob Kumar Modak
    • 1
  • Saugata Basu
    • 2
  • Durga Prasad Haldar
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyA.M. CollegeJhalda, PuruliaIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUttarpara Govt. High SchoolUttarpara, HooghlyIndia
  3. 3.Protozoology Laboratory, Department of ZoologyUniversity of KalyaniKalyaniIndia

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