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Morphology and Phylogeny of Calyptospora paranaidji n. sp. (Eimeriorina: Calyptosporidae), an Apicomplexan Parasite of the Hepatic Tissue of Cichla piquiti Kullander & Ferreira, 2006, From a Reservoir in the Brazilian Amazon Region

da Silva, Marcelo F., da Silva, Diehgo T., Giese, Elane G., Hamoy, Igor G., Matos, Edilson R.
Thejournal of eukaryotic microbiology 2019 v.66 no.4 pp. 608-616
Cichla, Miozoa, aquatic invertebrates, bass, dams (hydrology), eukaryotic cells, genes, histology, new species, parasites, parasitism, phylogeny, piscivores, ribosomal RNA, rivers, tropics, Amazonia, Brazil
The coccidians of the family Calyptosporidae are parasites of the tissue and organs of fish and aquatic invertebrates, in particular in the tropical region. In contrast with other apicomplexans of the suborder Eimeriorina, the diversity and ecology of the species of the genus Calyptospora have been poorly investigated, resulting in a lacuna that restricts the understanding of the distribution and prevalence of this group of eukaryote microparasites in the Amazon region. In the present study, the integrated comparative analysis of morphological characteristics, histological and structural traits, and the sequences of a fragment of the 18S rRNA gene, provides support for the identification of a new species of Calyptospora, found parasitizing the hepatic tissue of the piscivorous blue peacock bass, Cichla piquiti, captured in the reservoir of the Estreito hydroelectric dam on the middle Tocantins River in northern Brazil. This new species was named Calyptospora paranaidji n. sp.