Coccidia (Eimeria and Isospora) of Invertebrates

Compiled by Donald W. Duszynski121 1Department of Biology, University of New Mexico 2Division of Biology, Kansas State University

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Updated: 14 July 2008 Comments: (Duszynski), (Couch), or (Upton)

Eimeria (?) beauchampi Leger & Duboseq, 1917 nomen nudum

  • Host: Glossobalanus minutus (Protochortata)
  • References: Benito 1977; Fernandez 1983, 1988, 1989; Leger & Duboseq 1917; Marion 1886; Spengel 1884, 1893; Sun 1910 *NOTE: The description is based solely on meronts and gametes.

    Eimeria ekdysios Triffit, 1928

  • Host: Tachypodoiulus niger (Diplopoda)
  • Reference:Triffitt, 1928 *NOTE: Most likely a rabbit coccidian rectally imbibed.

    Eimeria (?) epidermica Leger & Duboseq, 1917 nomen nudum

  • Host: Glossobalanus minutus (Enteropneust)
  • References: Leger & Duboseq 1917; Sun 1910 *NOTE: The description is based solely on meronts.

    Eimeria hagenmuelleri (Leger, 1898) Levine & Becker, 1933

  • Synonym: Coccidium hagenmulleri Leger, 1898
  • Host: Stigmatogaster gracilis (Diplopoda)
  • References: Leger 1898; Levine & Becker 1933

    Eimeria (?) hyalina (Leger, 1898) Reichenow, 1921

  • Synonyms: Coccidium hyalinum Leger, 1898; Goussia hyalina (Leger, 1898) Levine, 1983
  • Host: "Coleoptera"
  • References: Leger 1898; Levine 1983; Reichenow 1921

    Eimeria lacazei (Labbe, 1895) Moroff, 1908

  • Synonyms: Bananella lacazei Labbe, 1895; Coccidium schneideri Schaudinn & Siedlecki, 1897; Goussia lacazei (Labbe, 1895) Levine, 1985
  • Host: Lithobius forficatus, L. martini (Centipede)
  • References: Labbe 1895; 1896; Leger 1897, 1898; Levine 1983; Moroff 1908; Schaudinn & Siedlecki 1897; Schellack 1912; Schellack & Reichenow 1913

    Eimeria mecistophori Narasimhamurti, 1976

  • Host: Mecistocephalus punctifrons (Centipede)
  • References: Narasimhamurti 1976

    Eimeria (?) perichaetae (Beddard, 1888) Levine & Becker, 1933 nomen nudum

  • Synonym: Coccidium perichaetae Beddard, 1888
  • Host: Perichaeta armata, P. novozelaniae (Annelida)
  • References: Beddard 1888; Levine & Becker 1933 *NOTE: The description is based on unsporulated, polysporic oocysts and is not an eimerian.

    Eimeria pfeifferi Labbe, 1896

  • Homonym: Eimeria pfeifferi, synonym of Eimeria labbeana
  • Host: Geophilus ferruginosus (Centipede)
  • References: Labbe 1896; Pfeiffer 1891; Pinto 1928 *NOTE: The line drawings suggest this to be an adelinid.

    Eimeria schaudinniana (Schaudinn, 1900) Pinto, 1928

  • Synonyms: Coccidium schubergi Schaudinn, 1900; Eimeria schubergi (Schaudinn, 1900) Wasielewski, 1904; Goussia schaudinniana (Pinto, 1928) Levine, 1983 non Pfeifferia schubergi Labbe, 1896, non Pfeifferella schubergi (Labbe, 1896) Labbe, 1899
  • Host: Lithobius forficatus (Centipede)
  • References: Eimer 1870; Labbe 1896, 1899; Levine 1983; Pinto 1928; Schaudinn 1900; Schellack 1912, 1913; Schellack & Reichenow 1910, 1913; von Wasielewski 1904

    Eimeria simondi (Leger, 1898) Levine & Becker, 1933

  • Synonym: Coccidium simondi Leger, 1898
  • Host: Himantarium gabrielis, Lithobius castaneus, L. pilicornis (Centipedes)
  • References: Leger 1898; Levine & Becker 1933

    Eimeria (?) sp. Reger & Florendo, 1970

  • Host: Cypridopsis (Ostracod)
  • References: Reger & Florendo 1970 *NOTE: The description is based solely on microgametes and is clearly not an eimerian.

    Eimeria (?) sp. (Ross, 1898) Pellerdy, 1974 nomen nudum

  • Synonym: Coccidium sp Ross, 1898
  • Host: Culex sp. (Diptera)
  • References: Pellerdy 1974; Ross 1898; 1906 *NOTE: No description was provided and it is unlikely that this is an eimerian.

    Isospora rara Schneider, 1881

  • Synonym: Isospora incerta Schneider, 1881
  • Host: Limax cinereoniger, L. griseus (Gastropoda)
  • References: Schneider 1881


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