Hematozoa of the avian family Brachypteraciidae (the ground-rollers)

Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Box 110880, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA.
Journal of Parasitology (Impact Factor: 1.23). 01/2005; 90(6):1468-72. DOI: 10.1645/GE-227R
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The Brachypteraciidae is an avian family endemic to Madagascar. Members of this family were mist-netted in Madagascar, and blood smears were made to screen for the presence of hematozoa. Smears were stained with Giemsa and examined at x100, x160, and x1000 for hematozoa. Three new species of avian hematozoa from wild-caught ground-rollers in Madagascar are described. Haemoproteus goodmani n. sp. is found in the pitta-like ground-roller (Atelornis pittoides), whereas Haemoproteus forresteri n. sp. and Leucocytozoon frascai n. sp. are from the rufous-headed ground-roller (Atelornis crossleyi). These represent the first hematozoa described from this family.

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