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ISSN Print: 2349-6800 | ISSN Online: 2320-7078

Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies

2014, Vol. 2, Issue 4
Prevalence and intensity of Haemogregarina stepanowi (Apicomplexa: Haemogregarinidae) in two species of freshwater turtles (Mauremys caspica and Emys orbicularis) in Iran

Hossein Javanbakht, Mozafar Sharifi

Prevalence and intensity of the intracellular Heamogregarine parasites (Haemogregarina stepanowi) was investigated in two species of freshwater turtles in Iran. Blood smears were collected from the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) and the Caspian pond turtle (Mauremys caspica), air dried and stained by Giemsa. Prevalence and mean intensity of parasitemia in turtles of each locality were between 75-100% and 0.07-0.2 per 104 red blood cells respectively. The mean intensity of parasitemia in M. caspica was higher than E. orbicularis. There was no significant difference in prevalence and intensity of parasitemia between male and female in these two species of turtles (p>0.05). However, adults had significantly (p<0.05) higher prevalence and intensity than juveniles. Additional studies with more localities are needed to better understand the ecology and epidemiology of this parasite in turtles.
Map of Iran depicting the sampling sites
Fig. 1: Map of Iran depicting the sampling sites
Pages : 155-158 | 1082 Views | 16 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Hossein Javanbakht, Mozafar Sharifi. Prevalence and intensity of Haemogregarina stepanowi (Apicomplexa: Haemogregarinidae) in two species of freshwater turtles (Mauremys caspica and Emys orbicularis) in Iran. J Entomol Zool Stud 2014;2(4):155-158.
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