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1 October 2009 Description of Novel Babesia Species and Associated Lesions from Common Murres (Uria aalge) from California
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A novel Babesia species is described from blood collected from 3 common murres (also known as common guillemots) (Uria aalge) from California. This is the first report of a Babesia species from the Alcidae and the second from the Charadriiformes. Babesia uriae n. sp. is morphologically similar to several other avian Babesia species but can be differentiated from Babesia bennetti, the only other species from a host in the Charadriiformes, by size of round and amoeboid forms. Phylogenetic analysis of near–full length 18S rRNA, ITS-1, 5.8S rRNA, and ITS-2 sequences indicated that the Babesia sp. from the common murre is closely related to Babesia poelea, a parasite of brown boobies (Sula leucogaster).

Michael J. Yabsley, Ellis Greiner, Florina S. Tseng, Michael M. Garner, Robert W. Nordhausen, Michael H. Ziccardi, Dori L. Borjesson, and Shanon Zabolotzky "Description of Novel Babesia Species and Associated Lesions from Common Murres (Uria aalge) from California," Journal of Parasitology 95(5), 1183-1188, (1 October 2009). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-1955.1
Received: 13 November 2008; Accepted: 1 April 2009; Published: 1 October 2009
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