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1 July 2010 First report of Hepatozoon sp. in the Oregon Spotted Frog, Rana pretiosa
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From 2005 through 2008, we screened 650 Oregon spotted frogs (Rana pretiosa) from three populations in central Oregon, USA, for hemoparasites. A Hepatozoon sp., not previously reported in R. pretiosa, was found in one population of frogs, mostly as intracellular gamonts at a prevalence of 10.5% with parasitemias ranging from 0.02% to greater than 42% of erythrocytes within individual frogs. Intra- and extracellular merozoites were present, but rare. A potential vector, the mosquito Culex boharti, was common throughout the habitat of the population carrying Hepatozoon sp.
Patricia L. Stenberg and William J. Bowerman "First report of Hepatozoon sp. in the Oregon Spotted Frog, Rana pretiosa," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46(3), (1 July 2010). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-46.3.956
Received: 29 October 2009; Accepted: 1 December 2009; Published: 1 July 2010
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