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Studies on sarcocystis in malaysia part 2 comparative ultrastructure of the cyst wall and zoites of sarcocystis levinei and sarcocystis fusiformis from the water buffalo bubalus bubalis



Studies on sarcocystis in malaysia part 2 comparative ultrastructure of the cyst wall and zoites of sarcocystis levinei and sarcocystis fusiformis from the water buffalo bubalus bubalis



Zeitschrift fuer Parasitenkunde 57(2): 107-116



S. levinei and S. fusiformis from the water buffalo, B. bubalis, show ultrastructural similarities in their cyst wall and zoites. The zoites of both species are about the same size, banana-shaped and have 22 subpellicular microtubules, numerous micronemes, 8 rhoptries, a micropore in the region of the micronemes, an elongated mitochondrion and a nucleus. S. levinei has 200-300 micronemes and S. fusiformis has approximately 400. The sarcocysts of both species are trabeculated and their cyst walls have cytophaneres containing annulated fibrils and coarse, electron dense granules. The cytophaneres of S. levinei are sloping, with irregular, wavy outlines, whereas S. fusiformis has cauliflower-type cytophaneres. This difference in the appearance of the cytophaneres, together with the difference in size of the sarcocysts and their definitive hosts, further confirms that S. levinei and S. fusiformis are 2 distinct species in the water buffalo.

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