Isospora urotrichi Duszynski and Moore, 1986

Type host: Urotrichus talpoides Temminck, 1841, Greater Japanese shrew mole.

Other hosts: None reported to date.

Type locality: ASIA: Japan, Honshu, Aichi Prefecture, Innyanma City near Jyakkoin Temple.

Geographic distribution: ASIA: Japan, Honshu.

Description of oocyst: Oocyst shape: spheroid to subspheroid; number of walls: 2; wall thickness: <1.0; wall characteristics: outer. plae yellow, lightly mammillated, ~1/2 of total thickness; inner, transparent; L x W: 13.4 x 12.4 (11-16 x 9-14); L/W ratio: 1.1 (1.0-1.3); M: absent; OR: absent; PG: 1-2 always present. Distinctive features of oocyst: small size with mammillated outer wall.

Description of sporocysts and sporozoites: Sporocyst shape: ovoid; L x W: 9.2 x 6.3 (8-11 x 5-7); L/W ratio: 1.5 (1.3-1.7); SB: present, small; SSB: absent; PSB: absent; SR: present; SR characteristics: granules dispersed among SP or as a large, lipid-like body; SP: with one large posterior RB. Distinctive features of sporocyst: small SB.

Prevalence: 27/45 (60%) U. talpoides; 0/6 U. pilirostris.

Sporulation: Oocysts were sporulated when returned to the laboratory from the field.

Prepatent and patent periods: Unknown.

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

Materials deposited: Skin, skull, skeleton and tissues of the symbiotype host are preserved in the Mammal Division of the Museum of SW Biology, UNM: MSB No. 45279 (NK 6044, female), S.B. George #729, 27 May, 1981. Photosyntypes in the USNPC No. 85996.

Remarks: Oocysts of this species do not resemble those from any species previously described from insectivores. This species has not been reported since its original description.

References: Duszynski and Moore (1986).