Author(s): DeLucia PM, Cheadle MA, Greiner EC
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Abstract The prevalence and identity of Sarcocystis spp. sarcocysts in the skeletal muscles of nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) collected from Alachua County, FL, were determined. H & E stained sections of skeletal muscle from tongue and thigh were examined. Thirty nine of 63 (61.9\%) armadillos examined contained Sarcocystis sarcocysts. Two species were identified, Sarcocystis dasypi and Sarcocystis diminuta. Sarcocystis dasypi sarcocysts were found in 38 of 63 (60.3\%) and S. diminuta sarcocysts were found in 6 of 63 (9.5\%). Sarcocysts of S. dasypi were larger, more densely packed with bradyzoites, and bradyzoites contained within the sarcocyst were smaller than those of S. diminuta. Mixed infections occurred in 5 of 63 (7.9\%) armadillos examined.
This article was published in Vet Parasitol
and referenced in Cell & Developmental Biology