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The First Record of Intestinal Ciliates from the Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra) in South Africa

Publication date: 17.03.2021

Acta Protozoologica, 2020, Volume 59, Issue 3-4, pp. 149 - 155

https://doi.org/10.4467/16890027AP.20.012.13267

Authors

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Olga Kornilova
Department of Zoology, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Klara Tsushko
Core Facility Centre “Culture Collection of Microorganisms” St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Ludmila Chistyakova
Laboratory of Parasitic Worms and Protistology, Zoological Institute RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Abstract

This paper is a first report on species of endosymbiotic ciliates (Litostomatea, Trichostomatia) inhabiting the intestine of zebras in South Africa. Ciliates from Mountain Zebra were investigated for the first time in the world. The wild population of mountain zebras in general and the Cape Mountain Zebra subspecies in particular is low in numbers: this species is included as vulnerable in the IUCN Red List. Approximately 15 species of trichostome ciliates from 9 different genera were found in the samples collected from wild zebras in Western Cape, South Africa. Some of the ciliate species are also common to horses and other equids, while others are unique for zebras. The ciliates of Triplumaria genus common to elephants and rhinoceroses, and the species Blepharosphaera ceratotherii previously described in rhinoceroses were found in equids for the first time.

Funding. The research was partly funded by Budgetary Program AAAA-A19-119020690109-2 (Zoological Institute RAS).

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Information: Acta Protozoologica, 2020, pp. 149 - 155

Article type: Original research article

Authors

Department of Zoology, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia

Core Facility Centre “Culture Collection of Microorganisms” St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia

Laboratory of Parasitic Worms and Protistology, Zoological Institute RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia

Published at: 17.03.2021

Received at: 13.10.2020

Accepted at: 02.12.2020

Article status: Open

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Percentage share of authors:

Olga Kornilova (Author) - 33%
Klara Tsushko (Author) - 33%
Ludmila Chistyakova (Author) - 34%

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