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 SB.

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 feces.

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).