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Morphological and molecular characteristics of a species of Hepatozoon Miller, 1908 (Apicomplexa: Adeleorina) from the blood of Isoodon obesulus (Marsupialia: Peramelidae) in Western Australia

Wicks, R.M., Spencer, P.B.S., Moolhuijzen, P. and Clark, P. (2006) Morphological and molecular characteristics of a species of Hepatozoon Miller, 1908 (Apicomplexa: Adeleorina) from the blood of Isoodon obesulus (Marsupialia: Peramelidae) in Western Australia. Systematic Parasitology, 65 (1). pp. 19-25.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11230-006-9036-8
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Abstract

Examination of blood films as part of a study to assess the health status of the southern brown bandicoot Isoodon obesulus (Shaw) in Western Australia revealed the gamonts of a haemogregarine parasite in some samples, the first to be recognised in a bandicoot in this state. Light microscope morphological characteristics and partial sequence of the 18S rRNA gene were used to describe these organisms. Morphological characters did not differentiate the organism in the current study from previously reported Hepatozoon peramelis (Welsh & Dalyell, 1909). Phylogenetic analysis has not previously been reported for any species of Hepatozoon from Australian marsupials and consequently could not be used to confirm the identity of the organism in the current study as that described in the 1900s. If this organism is H. peramelis, then it has a wide distribution, being found in three species of bandicoot, in western and eastern Australia and the in island state of Tasmania.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Comparative Genomics
School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright: © Springer 2006.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/5918
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