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Re-evaluation of merogony of a Cystoisospora ohioensis-like coccidian and its distinction from gametogony in the intestine of a naturally infected dog

  • J. P. Dubey (a1)

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Four species of Cystoisospora, C. canis, C. ohioensis, C. neorivolta and C. burrowsi are described from feces of dogs. Of these, the oocysts of C. canis are the largest and easily distinguished from the remaining three species. Oocysts of C. ohioensis, C. neorivolta and C. burrowsi are difficult to distinguish because of overlap in their sizes. However, based on endogenous developmental stages, C. ohioensis is distinct from C. neorivolta and C. burrowsi because its endogenous stages are confined to surface epithelium of intestine whereas endogenous stages of C. neorivolta and C. burrowsi are predominantly in the lamina propria. There are uncertainties regarding the endogenous stages of C. neorivolta and C. burrowsi and there is no way now to determine whether C. burrowsi and C. neorivolta are different parasites; therefore, these are referred as C. ohioensis-like organisms. Additionally, mode of division of asexual stages of coccidia of dogs is largely unknown and ultrastructural studies are lacking. In the present study, development of asexual and sexual stages of a C. ohioensis-like organism in a naturally infected dog is described by light microscopy and by transmission electron microscopy. Merozoites divided by endodyogeny/merogony. Meronts were crescent/merozoite-shaped and contained a maximum of eight nuclei. A distinctive feature of merozoites was the presence of many PAS-positive amylopectin granules that were absent or rare in immature microgamonts making it possible to distinguish them.

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Author for correspondence: J. P. Dubey, E-mail: jitender.dubey@ars.usda.gov

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Re-evaluation of merogony of a Cystoisospora ohioensis-like coccidian and its distinction from gametogony in the intestine of a naturally infected dog

  • J. P. Dubey (a1)

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