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1 June 2003 OBSERVATIONS ON THE LIFE HISTORY AND DESCRIPTIONS OF COCCIDIA (APICOMPLEXA) FROM THE WESTERN CHORUS FROG, PSEUDACRIS TRISERIATA TRISERIATA, FROM EASTERN NEBRASKA
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Two hundred and twenty-four anurans of 6 species (47 adults and 16 tadpoles of Rana blairi, 35 R. catesbeiana, 31 Hyla chrysoscelis, 30 adults and 46 tadpoles of Pseudacris triseriata triseriata, 11 Bufo woodhousii, and 8 Acris crepitans) from Pawnee Lake, Lancaster County, Nebraska, were surveyed for coccidian parasites during March 2001 to May 2002. Of these, 23 of 30 (77%) adults and 4 of 46 (9%) tadpoles of P. t. triseriata shed oocysts of Isospora cogginsi n. sp. Oocysts of I. cogginsi were ovoid, 19.3 × 15.1 (18–23 × 11–20) μm, with a thin, smooth, colorless, single-layered wall, with no micropyle or oocyst residuum. Sporocysts were ovoid, 13.3 × 9.9 (11–15 × 9–13) μm, with a thin, colorless, smooth wall, and Stieda body absent. Sporocyst residuum was present, 5.5 × 5.3 (4–7 × 4–7) μm, consisting of numerous granules. Histological examination of frogs and tadpoles infected with the new species revealed endogenous stages including mature meronts, developing microgamonts, mature microgametes, mature macrogamonts, and young unsporulated oocysts located in the cytoplasm of the epithelial cells of the small intestine. Concurrently, 2 adult P. t. triseriata shed oocysts of Eimeria streckeri. Oocysts of E. streckeri were spherical, 15.7 × 15.4 (14–17 × 14–19) μm, with a thin, smooth, single-layered, colorless wall with an oocyst residuum composed of numerous granules surrounding a large vacuolated area, with a previously undescribed globularlike body present within the vacuole, and no micropyle. Sporocysts were ovoid, 9.1 × 6.1 (7–10 × 5–7) μm, with a thin, colorless, smooth wall with a Stieda body and sporocyst residuum. Our results are the first to document infection of adult and tadpole stages of frogs of the same species with the same species of coccidian, indicating that adult frogs may contaminate breeding ponds with oocysts during their breeding season and infect tadpoles directly by the ingestion of sporulated oocysts.

Matthew G. Bolek, John Janovy, and Armando R. Irizarry-Rovira "OBSERVATIONS ON THE LIFE HISTORY AND DESCRIPTIONS OF COCCIDIA (APICOMPLEXA) FROM THE WESTERN CHORUS FROG, PSEUDACRIS TRISERIATA TRISERIATA, FROM EASTERN NEBRASKA," Journal of Parasitology 89(3), (1 June 2003). https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2003)089[0522:OOTLHA]2.0.CO;2
Received: 18 October 2002; Accepted: 1 December 2002; Published: 1 June 2003
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