THE HAEMOSPORIDIAN PARASITES OF BATS WITH DESCRIPTION OF SPRATTIELLA ALECTO GEN. NOV., SP NOV.
I Landau, JM Chavatte, G Karadjian, A Chabaud, I Beveridge
Parasite | EDP SCIENCES S A | Published : 2012
Four species of Haemoproteidae were found in Pteropus alecto Temminck, 1837 in Queensland, Australia: i) Johnsprentia copemani, Landau et al., 2012; ii) Sprattiella alecto gen. nov., sp. nov., characterised by schizonts in the renal vessels; iii) Hepatocystis levinei, Landau et al., 1985, originally described from Pteropus poliocephalus Temminck, 1825 and, experimentally from Culicoides nubeculosus and found in this new host and for which features of the hepatic schizonts are reported; iv) gametocytes of Hepatocystis sp. which are illustrated but cannot be assigned to a known species. A tentative interpretation of phylogenetic characters of haemosporidians of bats is provided from the morpho..View full abstract