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;
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;
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).