Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Accipiter Hawks (Accipitridae) Confirmed as Definitive Hosts of Sarcocystis Turdusi, Sarcocystis Cornixi and Sarcocystis sp. ex Phalacrocorax Carbo (2016)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Mayr, Sylvia L
    Maier, Kristina
    Müller, Jana
    Enderlein, Dirk
    Gruber, Achim D (WE 12)
    Lierz, Michael
    Parasitology research; 115(8) — S. 3041–3047
    ISSN: 0932-0113
    DOI: 10.1007/s00436-016-5059-5
    Pubmed: 27083188
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Sarcocystis is a large genus of protozoan parasites with complex heteroxenous life cycles. For many species, either the intermediate or the definitive host is still unknown. In this study, 116 Accipiter hawks (Eurasian sparrowhawks and northern goshawks) were investigated for the presence of Sarcocystis spp. in their intestinal tract or their faeces. To gain a wide distribution, samples were collected throughout Germany within 2 years. It was possible to detect Sarcocystis-like oocysts in 65 samples. Sequencing of the ITS region or species-specific PCR identified 33 samples as Sarcocystis turdusi/Sarcocystis sp. ex A. nisus (18), Sarcocystis calchasi (6), Sarcocystis columbae (3), Sarcocystis cornixi (3) and Sarcocystis sp. ex Phalacrocorax carbo (3). Besides the known infestation with S. columbae, S. sp. ex A. nisus and S. calchasi the Accipiter hawks were thereby confirmed as definitive host of S. turdusi, S. cornixi and S. sp. ex Phalacrocorax carbo for the first time.