Eimeria leucodontis Musaev & Veisov, 1961

Type host: Crocidura leucodon (Hermann, 1780), Bicolor white-toothed shrew.

Other hosts: C. suaveolens Pall.

Type locality: EUROPE: Azerbaijan; area near the village of Kumbashi Lenkoran.

Geographic distribution: EUROPE: Azerbaijan; Bulgaria.

Description of oocyst: Oocyst shape: spheroid; number of walls: 2; wall thickness: 2.5; wall characteristics: outer colorless, smooth , ~1/2 of total thickness, inner dark yellow; L x W: 21.0 (18-24); L/W ratio: 1.0; M: absent; OR: absent; PG: absent. Distinctive features of oocyst: spheroid, with thick,double-layered wall.

Description of sporocysts and sporozoites: Sporocyst shape: subspheroid to ovoid; L x W: 8.6 x 6.4 (8-10 x 6-8); L/W ratio: 1.3; SB: absent; SSB: absent; PSB: absent; SR: present; SR characteristics: scattered, small granules; SP: bean-shaped, with a small, round RB at one end. Distinctive features of sporocyst: small size without SB.

Prevalence: 1/8 (12.5%) type host; 2/11 (18%) C. suaveolens.

Sporulation: Exogenous. Oocysts sporulated within 48 hrs in 2.5% potassium dichromate solution at 25-30 º C.

Prepatent and patent periods: Unknown.

Site of infection: Unknown. Oocysts rcovered from feces.

Materials deposited: None.

Remarks: This species also was found in 2/11 C. suaveolens from the Arkvtino Reserve, Bulgaria (Golemansky, 1979); oocysts measured 20.3 x 18.2 (18-23 x 15-21) and sporocysts were 10-12 x 7-8.

References: Musaev & Veisov (1961); Golemansky (1979).