TITLE

IDENTIFICATION OF SARCOCYSTIS COLUMBAE IN WOOD PIGEONS (COLUMBA PALUMBUS) IN LITHUANIA

AUTHOR(S)
Prakas, Petras; Butkauskas, Dalius; Sruoga, Aniolas; Švažas, Saulius; Kutkienė, Liuda
PUB. DATE
September 2011
SOURCE
Veterinarija ir Zootechnika;2011, Vol. 55 Issue 77, p33
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Cysts of Sarcocystis were found in two out of 18 wood pigeons (Columba palumbus) hunted in Lithuania in 2008 and 2009. Morphologically investigated Sarcocystis sp. had type-1 tissue cyst wall and was not distinguishable from S. calchasi, S. columbae and S. wobeseri, parasitizing in birds. According to the DNA analysis, Sarcocystis sp. from the wood pigeon was identified as S. columbae. On the basis of 18S rRNA and 28S rRNA gen sequences S. columbae is phylogenetically most closely related to Sarcocystis spp. from birds. According to the phylogenetic and ecologic data, predatory birds are expected to be definitive hosts of S. columbae. This is the first report of Sarcocystis in birds of the Columbidae family in Lithuania.
ACCESSION #
67362713

 

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