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1 July 2013 New Host and Distributional Records for Cryptosporidium sp. (Apicomplexa: Cryptosporidiidae) from Lizards (Sauria: Gekkonidae, Scincidae) from the Cook Islands and Vanuatu, South Pacific
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Between 1991 and 1993, 295 lizards, comprising 21 species in 2 families (Gekkonidae, Scincidae) from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Palau, Takapoto, and Vanuatu in the South Pacific, were examined for Cryptosporidium oocysts. Only 6 lizards (2%) were found to be passing Cryptosporidium oocysts in their feces, including 2 of 30 (7%) Oceania geckos, Gehyra oceanica, from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and 4 of 26 (15%) Pacific blue-tailed skinks, Emoia caeruleocauda, from Efate Island, Vanuatu. This represents the largest survey for Cryptosporidium in Pacific island lizards, and we document 2 new host and 2 new locality records for this parasite genus.

The Helminthological Society of Washington
Chris T. McAllister, Donald W. Duszynski, and Robert N. Fisher "New Host and Distributional Records for Cryptosporidium sp. (Apicomplexa: Cryptosporidiidae) from Lizards (Sauria: Gekkonidae, Scincidae) from the Cook Islands and Vanuatu, South Pacific," Comparative Parasitology 80(2), 297-300, (1 July 2013). https://doi.org/10.1654/4646.1
Published: 1 July 2013
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