Isospora nagna McQuistion & Capparella, 1995

Type host: Dendrocolaptes certhia radiolatus (South American woodcreeper)

Type locality: SOUTH AMERICA: Ecuador, Provincia de Sucumbios, Imuya Cocha, 0º 34' S, 75º 17' W, 200 m elev.

Geographic distribution: SOUTH AMERICA: Ecuador.

Description of oocyst: Oocyst shape: ovoid; number of walls: 2 wall thickness: ~2.0; wall characteristics: smooth, colorless outer layer with darker inner layer; L 29.7 x W: 23.4 x 24.9 (23-26 x 26-31); L/W ratio: 1.2 (1.1-1.3); M: absent; OR: absent; PG: present. Distinctive features of oocyst: lack of M & OR.

Description of sporocysts and sporozoites: Sporocyst shape: ovoid; L x W: 15.8 x 12.6 (11-14 x 15-20); L/W ratio: 1.3 (1.1-1.6); SB: present, broad, dome-like; SSB: inconspicuous, with a wavy lower surface and located directly below the SB, but slightly to the left or right of the vertical axis; PSB: absent; SR: present; SR characteristics: uniform, fine granules in a consolidated, lobate, well defined cluster ~5.5-6; SP: sausage-shaped, ~14 x 2.5-3, with an oval posterior RB (~6 x 3), a slightly smaller ovoid anterior RB (~5 x 2.5), and a round, less distinct, centrally located nucleus. Distinctive features of sporocyst: the large SR.

Prevalence: 1 of 2 (50%).

Sporulation: Exogenous. Oocysts were stored in 2.5% (w/v) aqueous potassium dichromate solution at ambient temp. prior to examination.

Prepatent and patent periods: Unknown.

Site of infection: Unknown. Oocysts found in feces.

Materials deposited: Phototype and formalin-preserved oocysts, USNPC #83242.

Remarks: This species has not been reported since its original description.

Reference: McQuistion & Capparella (1995).