[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Thirty-two autochthonous cases of Schistosoma haematobium are reported from Ghore As-Safi, Karak Lowlands, Jordan. All infected persons were males (9-46 years-old). New unusual breeding sites for Bulinus truncatus are discovered. The past and current distribution of the snail intermediate host is given.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Faecal samples from 17 fan-footed geckoes Ptyodactylus puiseuxi Boutan were examined for coccidian parasites. Five geckoes (29%) were found to be passing ocysts of the genus Isospora Schneider. Comparison with other members of the genus Isospora indicates that the coccidian found represents a new species. Sporulated ocysts of I. ptyodactyli n. sp. are spherical or subspherical, 22.1 (19.0–24.0) 21.2 (18.0–23.0) m, with a shape-index (length/width) of 1.04; and a smooth and bilayered ocyst wall, 1.0–1.5 m thick. A micropyle, ocyst residuum and polar granule are absent. The sporocysts are ellipsoidal, 12.2 (11.0–14.0) 8.0 (7.5–9.0) m, with a shape index of 1.5 (1.4–1.9). Stieda and substieda bodies are present, the Stieda body being knob-like and the substieda body spherical to subspherical. A sporocyst residuum is present and composed of numerous granules of different size scattered among the sporozoites. The sporozoites are vermiform, with a slightly granulated surface appearance, and are arranged head to tail within the sporocyst. Most ocysts have still to sporulate when excreted; sporulation was completed within 12 h at 25 C. Endogenous development occurs inside the nuclei of enterocytes in the small intestine.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent records along with a synopsis of the known bats of Jordan are given. Twenty-four species of bats are reported from Jordan, including two additional records, Rhinolophus mehelyi and Asellia tridens. Five other bat species are suspected to occur.