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

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

1st Edition - June 22, 2018

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  • Authors: Donald Duszynski, Jana Kvicerova, R. Seville
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128113509
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128113493

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The fundamental concept of The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Carnivores of the World is to provide an up-to-date reference guide to the identification, taxonomy, and known biology of apicomplexan intestinal and tissue parasites of carnivores including, but not limited to, geographic distribution, prevalence, sporulation, prepatent and patent periods, site(s) of infection in the definitive and (if known) intermediate hosts, endogenous development, cross-transmission, pathology, phylogeny, and (if known) their treatments. These data will allow easy parasite recognition with a summation of virtually everything now known about the biology of each parasite species covered. The last (very modest) and only treatise published on this subject was in 1981 so this book fills a fundamental gap in our knowledge of what is now known, and what is not, about the coccidian parasites that infect and sometimes kill carnivores and/or their prey that can harbor intermediate stages, including many domestic and game animals.

Key Features

  • Offers line drawings and photomicrographs of many parasite species that will allow easy diagnosis and identification by both laypersons and professionals (veterinarians, wildlife biologists, etc.)
  • Presents a complete historical rendition of all known publications on carnivore coccidia for all carnivore families and evaluates the scientific and scholarly merit of each apicomplexan species relative to the current body of knowledge
  • Provides a complete species analysis and their known biology of all coccidia described from each carnivore lineage and species
  • Reviews the most current taxonomy of carnivores and their phylogenetic relationships to help assess host-specificity patterns that may be apparent
  • Evaluates what little cross-transmission work is available to help understand the complexities of those coccidians that use two hosts (e.g., Sarcocystis, Besnoitia, and others)
  • Provides known treatments for the various parasite genera/species


Researchers in biology, parasitology, animal husbandry, diseases of wild and domestic animals, veterinary medicine, faculty members in universities with graduate programs in these areas, colleges of veterinary medicine and agricultures, practicing veterinarians, farmers, students and other individuals involved in 4H (4-H is a youth organization administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Biology, microbiology and parasitology classrooms from high school through graduate school. Biologists, wildlife biologists, parasitologists and members of the veterinary profession both as students and in their practices

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Review Carnivore Evolution
    3. Eimeriidae in the Caniformia Family Ailuridae
    4. Eimeriidae in the Caniformia Family Canidae
    5. Eimeriidae in the Caniformia Family Mephitidae
    6. Eimeriidae in the Caniformia Family Mustelidae
    7. Eimeriidae in the Caniformia Family Phocidae
    8. Eimeriidae in the Caniformia Family Procyonidae
    9. Eimeriidae in the Caniformia Family Ursidae
    10. Eimeriidae in the Feliformia Family Felidae
    11. Eimeriidae in the Feliformia Family Herpestidae
    12. Eimeriidae in the Feliformia Family Hyaenidae
    13. Eimeriidae in the Feliformia Family Viverridae
    14. Adeleidae in the Carnivora
    15. Sarcocystidae: Sarcocystinae in the Carnivora
    16. Sarcocystidae: Toxoplasmatinae in the Carnivora
    17. Cryptosporidiidae in the Carnivora
    18. Treatment and Drug Therapies in Coccidiosis of Carnivora
    19. Carnivores without Coccidia and Species Inquirendae 
    20. Discussion, Summary, and Conclusions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 315
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: June 22, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128113509
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128113493

About the Authors

Donald Duszynski

Donald Duszynski
Dr. Duszynski, is Professor Emeritus Biology and past Chair of the Department of Biology, The University of New Mexico (UNM). He spent 33 years in academia, publishing numerous articles, monographs, and books, secured private, state and federal grants exceeding $8 million, and mentored > 25 masters and doctoral students and numerous undergraduates in his laboratory, before spending 8 years in administration. During his 41 year tenure at UNM, he taught many courses including parasitology, tropical biology and marine invertebrate biology, and took >1000 students to the neotropics (Belize, Jamaica, Mexico). Don has been a Visiting Research Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Biochemistry, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, a Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and Visiting Research Scholar, Kyoto University, Japan. Among the honors received are the Distinguished Service Award and the Clark P. Read Mentor Award from the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP), and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Biology, Colorado State University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Jana Kvicerova

Dr. Kvičerová has been focusing for more than 10 years on morphology, taxonomy, and phylogenetic evolutionary and population-genetics research on several model systems of apicomplexan parasites, particularly on eimerians in mammals and haemogregarines in reptile hosts. Her research is mainly related to the areas of coevolutionary studies between host and parasites, and to the host-specificity of apicomplexans. She has participated in several grant projects focused on all of these topics and is a mentor of both graduate and undergraduate students. She also is employed part-time at the Biology Centre, Institute of Parasitology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and as a veterinarian in a private vet office, both in České Budĕjovice, Czech Republic

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budĕjovice, Czech Republic

R. Seville

Dr. Seville has spent 30 years investigating the taxonomy, systematics and biology of coccidia from a variety of host groups including wild mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. He received a NATO-NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and has been a visiting research associate at the University of New Mexico

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming at Casper, WY, USA

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