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Title: Morphologic and Morphometric Analysis of Hepatozoon spp. (Apicomplexa, Hepatozoidae) of Snakes
Authors: Moço, Tatiana Cristina
O'Dwyer, Lucia Helena
Vilela, Fabiana Custódio
Barrella, Thomaz Henrique
Silva, Reinaldo José
Keywords: Hepatozoon   - parasites - snakes - morphometry - morphology - erythrocytes
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2002
Publisher: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
Citation: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (ISSN: 1678-8060) Vol 97 Num 8
Abstract: Hepatozoon   species are the most abundant hemoparasites of snakes. Its identification has been based mainly on the morphologic characterization of the gamonts in the peripheral blood of the vertebrate host and also of the cysts found in the internal organs of the vertebrate and invertebrate hosts. Using a computerized image analysis system, we studied five species of Hepatozoon from recently captured snakes in Botucatu, State of São Paulo, Brazil, to evaluate the importance of the morphology and morphometry of the gamonts for the characterization of Hepatozoon species and to analyze the morphologic changes induced in the erythrocytes by the parasite. The studied species were H. terzii of Boa constrictor amarali   , Hepatozoon sp. of Crotalus durissus terrificus   , H. philodryasi of Philodryas patagoniensis   , and H. migonei and H. cyclagrasi of Hydrodynastes gigas   . We observed three different groups, one of them including the species H. terzii, H. philodryasi and Hepatozoon sp. of C. durissus terrificus; and the other two consisting of H. migonei and H. cyclagrasi. Degree of alterations in the erythrocytes was variable and it may be useful for characterization of Hepatozoon species.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/21004
Other Identifiers: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=oc02254
Rights: Copyright 2002 - Instituto Oswaldo Cruz - Fiocruz
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