Eimeria deserticola Davronov, 1973.
Type host: Spermophilus fulvus.
Type locality: Asia: Uzbekistan, Karschinski and
Description of oocyst: Oocyst shape: ovoid, rarely
round; wall thickness: 1.5-1.7;
layers: 1; outer layer colour: yellow; outer layer texture: smooth (in drawing);
micropyle: absent; OR: present; OR characteristics: large sphere, possibly clear (in
drawing); OR L x W: not given; PG: absent; size: 19.5 x 16.8 (17-24 x 15-19); L/W
ratio: 1.2 (1.1-1.2). Distinctive features of oocyst: none.
Description of sporocysts and sporozoites:
Sporocyst shape: ovoid; size: 9-12 x
5-10; SB: present; SB L x W: not given; SB characteristics: not given; SSB: absent;
PSB: absent; SR: present; SR characteristics: not given; SR size: not given; SP:
lacks a refractile body. Distinctive features of sporocyst: none.
Remarks: Eimeria deserticola has been
observed only once (Davronov, 1973). Davronov
(1973) noted that oocysts of his species differed from those of E.
by being smaller (although they are almost identical: 19.5 x 16.8 vs. 19 x 16) and
the presence of a SB in the sporocysts (which also is present in E.
callospermophili). However, based on the drawing, E. deserticola (Figure 8)
to be distinct from E. callospermophili (Figure 5).
Reference: Davronov (1973).