Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Hepatozoon

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_1441-2

Name

Greek: hepar = liver, zoon = animal.

Classification

Genus of Coccidia.

Important Species

In 2003, it was shown that within dogs two tick-transmitted Hepatozoon species exist (perhaps another is transmitted by fleas) (Table 1):
Table 1

Important species of the genus Hepatozoon

Species

Host

Hosts/habitat

Vector/habitat

Mode of infection/transmission

Hepatozoon muris (syn. perniciosum)

2

Rats, mice/liver cells, leukocytes

Rat mites (Echinolaelaps sp.)/hemocoel

Blood meal of vector

H. erhardovae

2

Bank voles (Clethrionomys sp.)/lung, leukocytes

Rat fleas/hemocoel

Blood meal of vector

H. canis

2

Dogs/liver cells, spleen leukocytes

Ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Ixodes) spp.

Blood meal of vector

H. aegypti

2

Snakes (Spalerosophis diadema)/lung, erythrocytes

Mosquitoes (Culex pipiens)/body cavity

Blood meal of vector

Keywords

Life Cycle Muscle Atrophy Important Species Gulf Coast Fatal Disease 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany