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J Parasitol. 2013 Aug;99(4):722-4. doi: 10.1645/12-18.1. Epub 2012 Dec 15.

Hepatozoon parasites (Apicomplexa: Adeleorina) in bats.

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  • 1Department of Mammalogy, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York 10024, USA.


We provide the first evidence of Hepatozoon parasites infecting bats. We sequenced a short fragment of the 18S rRNA gene (~600 base pairs) of Hepatozoon parasites from 3 Hipposideros cervinus bats from Borneo. Phylogenies inferred by model-based methods place these Hepatozoon within a clade formed by parasites of reptiles, rodents, and marsupials. We discuss the scenario that bats might be common hosts of Hepatozoon.

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