Eimeria setosi Uilenberg, 1967
Type host: Setifer setosus (Schreber, 1777), Large Madagascar "hedgehog."
Other hosts: None reported to date.
Type locality: FRICA: Madagascar, ~15 km NE of Tananarive.
Geographic distribution: AFRICA: Madagascar.
Description of oocyst:
Oocyst shape: spheroid to subspheroid;
number of walls: 1;
wall thickness: 2.0;
wall characteristics: thick, rough, striated, yellow-chestnut colored;
L x W: 24.6 x 21.8 (21-29 x 18-25);
L/W ratio: 1.1;
Distinctive features of oocyst: thick, striated, colored outer wall.
Description of sporocysts and sporozoites:
Sporocyst shape: ovoid to football-shaped, slightly pointed at end opposite SB;
L x W: 14.3 x 8.9 (13-19 x 8-11.5);
L/W ratio: 1.6;
SSB: absent (?);
SR characteristics: irregular mass of large and small granules in center of sporocyst;
SP: short, stocky, without clear globules and often lie sideways in sporocyst.
Distinctive features of sporocyst: football-shaped with short, stocky SP without RB.
Prevalence: 2/5 (40%).
Sporulation: Oocysts sporulated in 8-9 days in 2% aqueous (w/v) potassium "bichromate" solution at ~25 C.
Prepatent and patent periods: Unknown.
Site of infection: Unknown. Oocysts recovered from feces and intestinal contents.
Cross-transmission: Uilenberg (1967) was not able to transmit oocysts of this species fromS. setosus to Tenrec ecaudatus.
Materials deposited: None.
Remarks: The size and shape of the SB in the original drawing suggest that a SSB may be present in the sporulated oocysts of this species. This species has not been reported since its original description.
References: Uilenber (1967).