Fresh fecal samples from 12 shrews, 10 Cryptotis goodwini Jackson, 1933, and 2 Cryptotis merriami Thomas, 1898, were collected between December 1994 and May 1998; 11 (92%) were positive for eimeriid coccidia, including 8 of 8 C. goodwini and 2 of 2 C. merriami from Honduras and 1 of 2 C. goodwini from Guatemala. Two Eimeria species were found: 1 is consistent with the description of Eimeria whitakeri Upton and McAllister, 1991, and 1 is described in this study as new. Sporulated oocysts of the new species are subspheroidal, 16.8 × 15.7 (14–20 × 15–19) μm, with a length–width (L/W) ratio of 1.1 (1.0–1.2); they lack a micropyle and oocyst residuum, but 1–2 polar granules are always present. Sporocysts are elongate and ovoidal, 8.4 × 6.0 (6–10 × 4.5–7.5) μm, with a L/W ratio of 1.4 (1.2–1.7) and have a Stieda body and sporocyst residuum. This is the 49th Eimeria species described from all Insectivora but only the third from Cryptotis species.
EIMERIA SPECIES FROM CRYPTOTIS SHREWS (INSECTIVORA: SORICIDAE) WITH DESCRIPTION OF A NEW SPECIES
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Donald W. Duszynski, Ralph P. Eckerlin, Timothy J. McCarthy; EIMERIA SPECIES FROM CRYPTOTIS SHREWS (INSECTIVORA: SORICIDAE) WITH DESCRIPTION OF A NEW SPECIES. J Parasitol 1 October 2003; 89 (5): 974–977. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-3135
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