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J Protozool. 1988 Feb;35(1):98-9.

Four new species of Isospora from the small tree finch (Camarhynchus parvulus) from the Galapagos Islands.

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Department of Biology, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois 62522.


Four isosporan species are described from the small tree finch, Camarhynchus parvulus from Isabela Island on the Galapagos Archipelago. Isospora exigua n. sp. oocysts subspheroidal, one-layered, smooth, yellow-brown color, 20.4 X 20.1 (20-23 X 18-23) microns, with no micropyle, residuum, or polar body. Sporocysts ovoidal, 14 X 9.5 (13-15 X 8-10) microns, with small Stieda and substieda bodies and irregular-shaped residuum. Isospora rotunda n. sp. oocysts subspheroidal, single-layered, smooth, yellow-brown wall with large polar body and no micropyle or residuum, 20.9 X 20.8 (20-24 X 19-23) microns. Sporocysts ovoidal, 15 X 9.7 (13-16 X 9-10) microns with knob-like Stieda bodies, prominent substieda bodies and round residuum. Isospora fragmenta n. sp. oocysts subspheroidal with no micropyle or residuum but with many splinter-like polar granules and a smooth, colorless, single-layered wall, 25.3 X 24.2 (24-27 X 23-25) microns. Sporocysts piriform 15.4 X 11.5 (14-17 X 11-12) microns with knob-like Stieda bodies, prominent substieda bodies, and irregular-shaped residuum. Isospora temeraria n. sp. oocysts ellipsoidal with one polar body, no micropyle or residuum, and wall of a single layer, smooth, yellow-brown color, 25.4 X 21.1 (21-30 X 17-23) microns. Sporocysts piriform, 15 X 10 (14-15 X 9-11) microns with knob-like Stieda bodies, prominent substieda bodies, and a round residuum. One woodpecker finch, Cactospiza pallida, was found to be infected with I. exigua, and a warbler finch, Certhidea olivacea was infected with I. fragmenta.

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