Folia Parasitologica, vol. 59 (2012), issue 4

Folia Parasitologica 59[4] 249-252 (2012) | 10.14411/fp.2012.034

Morphological description of Isospora alyousifi nom. n. for I. acanthodactyli Alyousif et Al-Shawa, 1997 (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) infecting Acanthodactylus schmidti (Sauria: Lacertidae) in Saudi Arabia

Abdel-Azeem S. Abdel-Baki1,2, Heba M. Abdel-Haleem2, Saleh Al-Quraishy1
1 Zoology Department, College of Science, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
2 Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Beni-Suef University, Egypt

To date, three species of Isospora Schneider, 1881 have been described from lizards of the genus Acanthodactylus Wiegmann. Two of these, although representing separate species parasitizing two different hosts, Acanthodactylus boskianus Daudin in Egypt and A. schmidti Haas in Saudi Arabia, were described under the name Isospora acanthodactyli. The third species is Isospora abdallahi Modrý, Koudela et Šlapeta, 1998 from A. boskianus in Egypt. In the present study, Isospora alyousifi nom. n. is proposed to accommodate Isospora acanthodactyli Alyousif et Al-Shawa, 1997 (homonym of I. acanthodactyli Sakran, Fayed, El-Toukhy et Abdel-Gawad, 1994) and its redescription based on newly collected material is provided.

Keywords: homonymy, redescription, oocysts, endogenous stages, coccidia, sandy fringed-toed lizard, Riyadh

Received: May 14, 2012; Accepted: July 31, 2012; Published: December 1, 2012


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