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Theileria gilberti n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Theileriidae) in the Gilbert's Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii)

Lee, J.Y., Ryan, U.M.ORCID: 0000-0003-2710-9324, Jefferies, R., McInnes, L.M., Forshaw, D., Friend, J.A. and Irwin, P.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-0006-8262 (2009) Theileria gilberti n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Theileriidae) in the Gilbert's Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 56 (3). pp. 290-295.

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The morphology and genetic characterisation of a new species of piroplasm identified in the blood of the Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) from the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve near Albany, Western Australia, is described from blood and tissue samples from 16 Gilbert's potoroos. Microscopy of blood showed these parasites are highly pleomorphic with a mean length of 1.8 μm and mean width of 0.85 μm. Phylogenetic analysis of 18S rRNA sequence data identified the piroplasm as a new species of Theileria that is closely related to other Australian marsupial piroplasm species. Based on biological and molecular data, it is proposed that the parasite from Gilbert's potoroo be given the name Theileria gilberti n. sp.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Inc.
Copyright: © 2009 by the International Society of Protistologists.
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