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Type of publication: conference paper
Type of publication (PDB): Tezės kituose recenzuojamuose leidiniuose / Theses in other peer-reviewed publications (T1e)
Field of Science: Biologija / Biology (N010)
Author(s): Butkauskas, Dalius;Prakas, Petras;Sruoga, Aniolas;Kutkienė, Liuda;Švažas, Saulius
Title: Investigation of Sarcocystis in domestic pigeons (Columba livia f. domestica) and woodpigeons (Columba palumbus) in Lithuania
Is part of: Parasites and infectious diseases in a changing world : the 4th conference of the Scandinavian-Baltic society for parasitology, Oslo, 2011, June 19-22 : [programme and abstracts] Oslo : Natural history museum, University of Oslo, 2011
Extent: p. 75-75
Date: 2011
Series/Report no.: (Rapport (Naturhistorisk museum). no. 13 1891-8050)
Keywords: Sarcocystis;Domestic pigeons;Columba livia f. domestica;Woodpigeons;Columba palumbus
ISBN: 9788279700241
Abstract: Protists of the genus Sarcocystis are parasites of mammals, birds and reptiles and have an obligatory prey-predator two-host life cycle. Birds of the family Columbidae serve as intermediate host for these parasites. In 2010 two new Sarcocystis species parasitizing in pigeons were described in Germany, S. calchasi causing several neurologic disorders in feral pigeons and S. columbae from woodpigeons. In the period of 2008-2011, leg, neck and breast muscles of 18 woodpigeons and 54 domestic pigeons from Lithuania were examined for sarcocysts. Sarcocystis cysts were found in only two woodpigeons and infected birds did not show any clinical signs of the disease. The morphologically investigated Sarcocystis sp. had a type-1 tissue cyst wall and was not distinguishable from S. calchasi, S. columbae and S. wobeseri, parasitizing birds. According to DNA analysis, Sarcocystis sp. from the woodpigeon was identified as S. columbae. According to the phylogenetic and ecological data, predatory birds are expected to be definitive hosts of S. columbae. This is the first report of Sarcocystis in birds of the family Columbidae in Lithuania. The reasons, why domestic pigeons were negative for Sarcocystis are discussed
Affiliation(s): Biologijos katedra
Gamtos tyrimų centras
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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