Fecal samples from arctic ground squirrels (Spermophilus parryii) collected in Alaska (n = 90) and Russia (n = 46) and from red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) in Alaska (n = 35) were examined for the presence of Eimeria spp. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae). Four species were recovered from arctic ground squirrels, including Eimeria callospermophili (prevalence = 18%), Eimeria cynomysis (23.5%), Eimeria lateralis (19%), and Eimeria morainensis (77%). A single species, Eimeria tamiasciuri (91%), was recovered from red squirrels. Eimerians recovered from arctic ground squirrels represent new host records, and the single species from red squirrels is a new geographic record. Alaskan arctic ground squirrel prevalence was higher for E. callospermophili (Alaska = 22% vs. Russia = 9%), E. cynomysis (34% vs. 2%), and E. lateralis (27% vs. 4%), but not E. morainensis (78% vs. 76%).
EIMERIA SPECIES (APICOMPLEXA: EIMERIIDAE) FROM ARCTIC GROUND SQUIRRELS (SPERMOPHILUS PARRYII) AND RED SQUIRRELS (TAMIASCIURUS HUDSONICUS) IN ALASKA AND IN SIBERIA, RUSSIA
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Robert S. Seville, Clint E. Oliver, Andrew J. Lynch, Michelle C. Bryant, Donald W. Duszynski; EIMERIA SPECIES (APICOMPLEXA: EIMERIIDAE) FROM ARCTIC GROUND SQUIRRELS (SPERMOPHILUS PARRYII) AND RED SQUIRRELS (TAMIASCIURUS HUDSONICUS) IN ALASKA AND IN SIBERIA, RUSSIA. J Parasitol 1 August 2005; 91 (4): 857–862. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-466R.1
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