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The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Marsupials of the World

  • ID: 3336070
  • Book
  • November 2015
  • Region: Global
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Marsupials of the World contains the most up-to-date information on the former order marsupial that is now partitioned by mammalogists into seven separate orders that contain 20 families, 86 genera, and 318 species that live on land or in trees in Oceania and the Americas.

Marsupials, like other vertebrate animals have many different kinds of parasites (e.g. viruses, protozoa, worms, arthropods, etc.), but there is no definitive text that covers any one of these groups found in all marsupials.

Coccidiosis is a serious global problem in most domesticated animals, and under increasing circumstances of loss of habitat and crowding, may also affect some wild animal populations, thus, there is a real need for their identification and control.

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I. Introduction & overview of marsupials of the world and the parasites
II. Order Didelphomorphia
III. Order Dasyuromorphia
IV. Order Diprotodontia
V. Orders Pacituberculata, Microbiotheria, Notoryctemorphia, Permelmorphia
VI. Cryptosporidium, Sarcocystis, and Toxoplasma in marsupials
VII. Species inquirendae
VIII. Discussion and summary (Host specificity, pathology, epidemiology, treatment and control
IX. Literature Cited
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Donald W Duszynski Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA.

Dr. Duszynski, is Professor Emeritus Biology and past Chair of the Department of Biology, The University of New Mexico (UNM). He spent 33 years in academia, publishing numerous articles, monographs, and books, secured private, state and federal grants exceeding $8 million, and mentored > 25 masters and doctoral students and numerous undergraduates in his laboratory, before spending 8 years in administration. During his 41 year tenure at UNM, he taught many courses including parasitology, tropical biology and marine invertebrate biology, and took >1000 students to the neotropics (Belize, Jamaica, Mexico). Don has been a Visiting Research Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Biochemistry, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, a Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and Visiting Research Scholar, Kyoto University, Japan. Among the honors received are the Distinguished Service Award and the Clark P. Read Mentor Award from the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP), and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Biology, Colorado State University.
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