The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Carnivores of the World - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128113493

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

1st Edition

Authors: Donald Duszynski R Seville Jana Kvicerova
Paperback ISBN: 9780128113493
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st April 2018
Page Count: 315
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The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Carnivores of the World contains the most up-to-date information on the former order of carnivores that is now partitioned by mammologists. The book provides 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.

This data presented allows easy parasite recognition with a summation of virtually everything now known on the biology of each parasite species covered. This book fills a fundamental gap in our knowledge of what is known about the coccidian parasites that infect and sometimes kill carnivores and/or their prey.

Key Features

  • Offers line drawings and photomicrographs of each parasite species
  • Provides known treatments for the various parasite genera/species
  • Presents a complete historical rendition of all known publications on carnivore coccidia and evaluates the scientific and scholarly merit of each species relative to the current body of knowledge
  • Includes 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


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). Could be used in biology, microbiology and parasitology classrooms from high school through graduate school. It also could be used as a text and/or reference book by biologists, wildlife biologists, parasitologists and members of the veterinary profession both as students and in their practices. Any literate, semi-educated person from high school age on should find it useful it they work with carnivores in any capacity

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


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About the Author

Donald Duszynski

Dr. Duszynski is Biology Professor Emeritus and past Chair of the Department of Biology, the University of New Mexico (UNM). He spent 33 years in academia, publishing about 170 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 invertebrate biology, and took > 1,000 students to the neotropics (Belize, Jamaica, Mexico) from UNM and other universities. 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), the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Department of Biology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, and he is the 2013 recipient of the R. Barclay McGhee Lectureship from the ASP.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus and past Chair of the Department of Biology, University of New Mexico (UNM)

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

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