Description of novel babesia species and associated lesions from common murres (uria aalge) from California

Michael J. Yabsley, Ellis Greiner, Florina S. Tseng, Michael M. Garner, Robert W. Nordhausen, Michael H Ziccardi, Dori L Borjesson, Shanon Zabolotzky

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Abstract

A novel Babesia species is described from blood collected from 3 common murres (also known as common guillemots) (Uria aalge) from California. This is the first report of a Babesia species from the Alcidae and the second from the Charadriiformes. Babesia uriae n. sp. is morphologically similar to several other avian Babesia species but can be differentiated from Babesia bennetti, the only other species from a host in the Charadriiformes, by size of round and amoeboid forms. Phylogenetic analysis of nearfull length 18S rRNA, ITS-1, 5.8S rRNA, and ITS-2 sequences indicated that the Babesia sp. from the common murre is closely related to Babesia poelea, a parasite of brown boobies (Sula leucogaster).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1183-1188
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Parasitology
Volume95
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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