Gonospora holoflora: a new species of gregarine protozoan parasite (Apicomplexa) in Holothuria floridana (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) from the Florida Keys
Authors: Pomory, Christopher M.; Lares, Michael T.
Source: Bulletin of Marine Science, Volume 62, Number 1, January 1998 , pp. 213-218(6)
Abstract:Four of 50 sea cucumbers, Holothuria floridana, from the Florida Key were infected with a new species of gregarine protozoan parasite. Gonospora holoflora n.sp. has pyriform gamonts up to 400 μm long, slightly ovoid gamerocysts 125 μm by 150 μm, and oval oocysts 7 μm by 11 μm without tails. The parasite remains attached to the coelom-side of the holothuroid intestine at least until the terminal stage cyst is reached. The holothuroid exhibited a coelomocyte reaction to the parasitic infection producing numerous lymphocytes that covered the coelom-side of the intestine.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 1998
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