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The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Turtles of the World - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128013670, 9780128014554

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

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Authors: Donald Duszynski Johnica Morrow
Paperback ISBN: 9780128013670
eBook ISBN: 9780128014554
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 6th August 2014
Page Count: 222
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The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Turtles of the World 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.

Key Features

  • 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


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).

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. Cryptosporidium, Sarcocystis, Toxoplasma 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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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

Johnica Morrow

Johnica Morrow

Johinca Morrow is a doctoral student pursuing a degree of Applied Ecology in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UN-L). She holds a general biology and a organismal biology from Midwestern State University (MSU), Wichita Falls, TX. She has been teaching biology since 2008 and served as assistant to the Associate Director of Cedar Point Biological Station (summer, 2013). Her honors include several President’s scholarships, the Beyer-Abbott Scholarship for excellence in biology , and a graduate student merit scholarship (MSU). As an undergraduate she was a member of MSU’s Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta, and Phi Alpha Theta, as well as a member of Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities (2009). Shewas nominated as a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society (2012). As a graduate student, she has become an active member of the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP), the Southwestern Association of Parasitologists (SWAP), and the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists (RMCP). She is broadly interested in parasite biology, but is focusing her attention on the field of archaeoparasitology as a doctoral student.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA


"...a much-needed resource in the field of parasitology and turtle pathology...a welcome addition to the available literature and provides easy access to descriptions of the various coccidia that infect turtles." --JAVMA

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