The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Turtles of the World

The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Turtles of the World PDF

By Donald Duszynski, Johnica Morrow

The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Turtles of the World PDF is an invaluable resource for researchers in protozoology, coccidia, and parasitology, veterinary sciences, animal sciences, zoology, and biology. This first-of-its-kind work offers a taxonomic guide to apicomplexan parasites of turtles that enables easy parasite identification, with a summary of virtually everything known about the biology of each known parasite species. It is an important documentation of this specific area, useful to a broad base of readers, including researchers in biology, parasitology, animal husbandry, diseases of wild and domestic animals, veterinary medicine, and faculty members in universities with graduate programs in these areas.

There are about 330 turtle species on Earth; many are endangered, a growing number of species are kept as pets, and some are still used as food by humans. Turtles, like other vertebrate animals have many different kinds of parasites (viruses, bacteria, protozoa, worms, arthropods, and others). Coccidiosis in turtles has prevented large-scale turtle breeding, and represents a serious problem in need of control. This succinct and highly focused book will aid in that effort.

  • Offers line drawings and photomicrographs of each parasite from each hosts species
  • Provides methods of identification and treatment
  • Presents a complete historical rendition of all known publications on coccidia (and their closest relatives) from all turtle species on Earth, and evaluates the scientific and scholarly merit of each
  • Provides a complete species analysis of the known biology of every coccidian described from turtles
  • Reviews the most current taxonomy of turtles and their phylogenetic relationships needed to help assess host-specificity and evaluate what little cross-transmission work is available

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
    • Turtles are Food, Pets, Lab Animals, and Majestic Creatures
    • Coccidia in Turtles: Perpetrators, Symptoms, and Disease
  • Chapter 2. Suborder Cryptodira, Hidden-Necked Turtles
    • Family Chelydridae, Snapping Turtles, 2 Genera, 4 Species
    • Superfamily Testudinoidea
    • Family Testudinidae, Tortoises, 15 Genera, 57 Species
    • Family Geoemydidae (Bataguridae) Asian River, Leaf & Roofed, & Asian Box Turtles, 19 Genera, 70 Species
    • Family Platysternidae, Big-Headed Turtles, 1 Genus, Monotypic
    • Superfamily Trionychoidea
    • Family Trionychidae, Softshell Turtles, 13 Genera, 30 Species
    • Superfamily Kinosternoidea
    • Family Kinosternidae, Mud & Musk Turtles, 4 Genera, 25 Species
    • Superfamily Chelonioidea
  • Chapter 3. Suborder Pleurodira, Side-Necked Turtles
    • Family Chelidae, Austro-American Sideneck Turtles, 14 Genera, 52 Species
    • Superfamily Pelomedusoidea
    • Family Podocnemididae, Madagascan Big Headed, and American Sideneck River Turtles, 3 Genera, 8 Species
    • Discussion and Summary
  • Chapter 4. CryptosporidiumSarcocystisToxoplasma in Turtles
    • Cryptosporidium in Turtles
    • Sarcocystis in Turtles
    • Toxoplasma in Turtles
  • Chapter 5. Species Inquirendae in Turtles
    • Species Inquirendae (28)
  • Chapter 6. Discussion and Summary: Order Testudines
    • Biodiversity
    • Variety of Oocyst Structures and Shape
    • Host Specificity
    • Pathology
    • Epidemiology
    • Treatment and Control
    • Archiving Biological Specimens
    • Closing Remarks
  • Tables
  • Literature Cited

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