Eimeria flexilis Golemansky, 1978

Type host: Talpa europaea Linnaeus, 1758, European mole.

Other hosts: None reported to date.

Type locality: EUROPE: Bulgaria, southeast of Bulgarie, Montagne de Strandja.

Geographic distribution: EUROPE: Bulgaria.

Description of oocyst: Oocyst shape: spheroid; number of walls: 1; wall thickness: <<1.0; wall characteristics: "thin and flexible;" L x W: 20-24 x 20-24; L/W ratio: 1.0; M: absent; OR: absent; PG: absent. Distinctive features of oocyst: very thin, flexible, 1-layered wall.

Description of sporocysts and sporozoites: Sporocyst shape: elongate-ovoid to elongate-ellipsoid with thin wall; L x W: 14-16 x 10-12.5; L/W ratio: unknown; SB: absent; SSB: absent; PSB: absent; SR: present; SR characteristics: many small diffuse granules throughout sporocyst; SP: round at one end, pointed a the other, 12 x 4.5, with 1 round RB at rounded end of SP. Distinctive features of sporocyst: very thin wall, without SB.

Prevalence: 1/10 (10%)

Sporulation: Exogenous. Oocysts sporulated in 3% aqueous (w/v) potassium dichromate solution at ~23 C.

Prepatent and patent periods: Unknown.

Site of infection: Unknown. Oocysts recovered from feces and intestinal contents.

Materials deposited: None.

Remarks: Oocysts of this species are similar to those of E. goussevi, but differ in the spheroid shape of the oocyst and the thin, flexible outer wall.

References: Golemansky (1978, 1979).