Aquatic Parasite Observatory

Eimeria tarichae (Levine, 1980)

    • Species Name: Eimeria tarichae (Levine, 1980)
    • Synonyms: Eimeria grobbeni (Rudovsky, 1925 of Doran, 1953)
    • Taxonomy: Protista, Apicompleza, Coccidea, Eimeriida, Eimeriidae, Eimeria tarichae spp.
    • Adult description: A fully developed oocysts will have four sporocysts, each containing two sporozoites (Sleigh, 1989).
    • Life Cycle: "Development in host cell proper. Without attachment organelle or "vaginal" tube. Oocysts with zero, one, two, four, or more sporocysts, each with one or more sporozoites. Homoxenous or at least without asexual multiplication in nondefinitive host; merogony within host, sporogony typically outside host. Microgametes with two or three flagella; without metrocytes. ...In feces of salamander Taricha (=Triturus) torosa (Salamandridae) from North America (Califonia)" (Levine, 1980).
    • Sources: Levine, N.D. 1980. Some corrections of Coccinian (Apicomlexa: Protozoa) nomenclature. J. Parasitol, Vol. 66, No. 5, p. 830-834.
    • Sleigh, M.A. 1989. Protozoa and other Protists. British Library Cataloguing Publication Data, p. 228-229.
    • APO Parasite Records: (by Life Cycle)
      1. Host SpeciesHost Common NameSite(s) of Infection
        Taricha torosaCalifornia newtIntestinal tract

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