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Novel Eimeria sp. isolated from a King’s skink (Egernia kingii) in Western Australia

Yang, R.ORCID: 0000-0003-2563-2015, Brice, B., Bennett, M.D., Elliot, A.D. and Ryan, U.ORCID: 0000-0003-2710-9324 (2013) Novel Eimeria sp. isolated from a King’s skink (Egernia kingii) in Western Australia. Experimental Parasitology, 133 (2). pp. 162-165.

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A novel Eimeria sp. was identified in faeces collected from a King's skink (. Egernia kingii) housed at the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Western Australia. Oocysts measure 17.0 × 15.0μm with a length/width ratio (L/W) of 1.13. Phylogenetic analysis of 18S rRNA sequences indicated that the novel Eimeria sp. shared the highest genetic similarity to Eimeria antrozoi and Eimeria rioarribaensis from vespertilionid bats from North America (s≥98.9%). At the COI locus, bat-derived sequences were not available and phylogenetic analysis placed the novel Eimeria sp. in a clade by itself and shared 98.8% similarity with the rodent-derived species E. falciformis and E. vermiformis. This suggests that the isolate from the King's skink's faeces was probably derived from a mammal, possibly a rodent or a bat.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Academic Press
Copyright: © 2012 Elsevier Inc.
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