Eimeria auriti Mirza, 1970.
Type host: Hemiechinus auritus (Gmelin,
1770), Long-eared desert hedgehog.
Type locality: ASIA: Iraq, near Baghdad.
Geographic distribution: ASIA: Iraq.
Description of oocyst: Oocyst shape:
subspheroid; number of walls: 2; wall
thickness: ~2.0; wall characteristics: outer pale yellow, apparently smooth, ~ 3/4
of total, inner orange; L x W: 20.4 x 18.6 (17-23 x 15.5-22); L/W ratio: 1.1 (1.0-1.1); M:
absent; OR: absent; PG: 1. Distinctive features of oocyst: thick, smooth wall.
Description of sporocysts and sporozoites:
Sporocyst shape: ovoid; L x W: 10.0 x 7.3 (8.5-13 x 6.5-8); L/W ratio: 1.35 (1.2-1.6); SB:
present; SSB: absent; PSB: absent; SR present; SR characteristics: consists of scattered
coarse granules filling sporocyst; SP: elongate, one end narrower than the other, lying head
to tail, RBs absent. Distinctive features of sporocyst: pointed end of sporocyst woth
Prevalence: 4 of 30 (13%).
Sporulation: Exogenous. Oocysts sporulated in 14 days in 2.5%
aqueous (w/v) potassium dichromate solution at ~20-22ºC.
Prepatent and patent periods:Unknown.
Site of infection: Unknown. Oocysts recovered from
Materials deposited: None.
Remarks: This species was first reported in a M.S.
Thesis, University of Baghdad (Mirza, 1970). Later, Mirza (1975) published the actual
description. This species has not been reported since then.
References: Mirza (1970, 1975).