Hemoparasites of the Reptilia, Color Atlas and Text

Every researcher or diagnostician working with reptiles has faced the challenge of identifying reptile hemoparasites and then determining whether they are of importance or merely incidental. Another challenge is how to easily find the information required to make the proper identification. A distillation of knowledge from world-renowned expert Sam R. Telford, Jr, Hemoparasites of the Reptilia: Color Atlas and Text provides a comprehensive compilation of information on how to differentiate between the myriad species of reptile hemoparasites.

The atlas provides diagnoses for 262 species of plasmodiids, hemogregarines, hemococcidians, trypansosomes, and leishmanias, including descriptions of eight new species or new taxonomic designations. It also discusses lesser known groups, such as piroplasms, rickettsiae, chlamydia, and erythrocytic viruses. Each genus and many species are represented among the 166 taxa illustrated in color. The species accounts contain host and geographic distribution, with precise localities when possible, prevalence, life cycles and vectors when known, effects upon the host, and ecology of the host-parasite relationship, morphological variation, and an exhaustive bibliography. The book also includes an illustrated key showing diagnostic characters.

Telford draws on his 45 years of experience and his personal collection, considered the world’s most complete, to provide information on the morphology of the unicellular parasites of reptilian blood. He includes information from hard-to-find original papers and articles from sources throughout the world. The illustrated key and photomicrographs from Telford’s collection make identifying species quicker and easier.

Table of Contents

The Plasmodiid Parasites
Morphology and Life Cycles
Ultrastructure of Reptilian Plasmodiids
Taxonomic Characters
Species Accounts

The Hemogregarines
Haemogregarina
Hepatozoon
Karyolysus
Hemolivia
Species Accounts
Haemogregarinidae
Karyolysidae

The Hemococcidia of Lizards
Apicomplexa: Eimeriorina
Species Accounts

Kinetoplastida, Trypanosomatidae
Trypanosoma
Species Accounts
Sauroleishmania Parasites of Reptiles
Species Accounts

Piroplasmorida
Sauroplasma
Species Accounts
Parasites of Uncertain Relationship

Prokaryotic Parasites of Reptilian Blood Cells
Rickettsiales: Aegyptianella
Chlamydial Infection of Reptilian Leukocytes

Viral Infections of Circulating Blood Cells
Poxvirus Infection of Leukocytes
Iridovirus Infections of Erythrocytes

Literature Cited
Appendix: The Identification of Reptilian Hemoparasites
Index

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