The Coccidian Genus Mantonella

Compiled by
Donald W. Duszynski1, Steve J. Upton2, and Lee Couch1

1Department of Biology, University of New Mexico
2Division of Biology, Kansas State University

Supported by NSF-PEET DEB 9521687

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Updated: 2 May 1999
Comments: (Duszynski)
or (Upton)

The genus Mantonella Vincent, 1936 (synonym Yakimovella Gousseff, 1936) includes multiple species characterized by oocysts with one sporocyst, each containing four sporozoites. The three species from invertebrates appear valid, whereas the others most likely represent either pseudoparasites or are the result of improper sporulation conditions for the oocysts.

Mantonella hammondi Wacha & Christiansen, 1976

Host: Kinosternon flavescens spooneri "Mud turtle" (Chelonia: Kinosternidae)
References: Wacha & Christiansen 1974, 1976
Since crayfish comprise a portion of this turtles diet, it seems likely that M. hammondi is a pseudoparasite.

Mantonella meriones Glebezdin 1971

Host: Meriones erythrourus (Rodentia)
References: Glebezdin 1971; Glebezdin & Babich 1974
It is likely that this is a pseudoparasite.

Mantonella peripati Wacha & Christiansen, 1976

Host: Peripatopsis moseleyi, P. sedgwicki (Onychophora)
References: Glebezdin 1971; Glebezdin & Babich 1974

Mantonella podurae Manier & Bouix, 1981

Host: Podura aquatica (Collembola)
References: Manier & Bouix 1981

Mantonella potamobii Gousseff 1936

Synonym: Yakimovella potamobii Gousseff, 1936, nomen preocc.
Host: Astacus leptodactylus (Crustacea)
References: Glebezdin 1971; Glebezdin & Babich 1974

Mantonella sp. Varghese & Yayabu, 1981

Host: Diphyllodes magnificus (Passeriformes)
References: Varghese & Yayabu 1981
Probably a pseudoparasite.


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Glebezdin, V.S. and Babich, V.V. 1974. On the investigation of the fauna of coccidia from Meriones erythrourus Gray in Turkmenistan. Izvestiya Akademii Nauk Turkmenskoi SSR Seriya Biologicheskikh Nauk 0(2): 84-87

Gousseff, W.F. 1936. XIII.-A new coccidium from crayfish. Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society 56: 326-327.

Manier, J.-F. and Bouix, G. 1981. Etude ultrastructurale de Mantonella podurae n. sp., coccidie parasite d Podura aquatica Linne (Insecte Collembole). Protistologica 17: 203-214.

Varghese, T. and Yayabu, R. 1981. A survey of coccidian and helminth parasites of birds in Papua New Guinea with special reference to the Birds of Paradise. In, Wildlife Disease of the Pacific Basin and Other Countries, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association, Sydney, Australia, August 25-28, 1981, Fowler, M.E., Editor. Wildlife Disease Association, Sydney. pp. 102-107.

Vincent, M. 1936. Un nouveau type de coccidie des peripates. Comptes Rendus des Sciences de la Societe de Biologie (Paris) 122: 260-262.

Wacha, R.S. and Christiansen, J.L. 1974. Some coccidia from Iowa turtles. In, Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists, Kansas City, August 4-9, 1974, Moner, J.G., editor. Allen Press, Lawrence, Kansas. Abstract 116, pg 45.

Wacha, R.S. and Christiansen, J.L. 1976. Coccidian parasites from Iowa turtles: Systematics and Prevalence. Journal of Protozoology 23: 57-63.