Novel Eimeria sp. isolated from a King's skink (Egernia kingii) in Western Australia

Rongchang Yang, Belinda Brice, Mark D. Bennett, Aileen Eliott, Una Ryan*

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A novel Eimeria sp. was identified in faeces collected from a King's skink (. Egernia kingii) housed at the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Western Australia. Oocysts measure 17.0 × 15.0μm with a length/width ratio (L/W) of 1.13. Phylogenetic analysis of 18S rRNA sequences indicated that the novel Eimeria sp. shared the highest genetic similarity to Eimeria antrozoi and Eimeria rioarribaensis from vespertilionid bats from North America (s≥98.9%). At the COI locus, bat-derived sequences were not available and phylogenetic analysis placed the novel Eimeria sp. in a clade by itself and shared 98.8% similarity with the rodent-derived species E. falciformis and E. vermiformis. This suggests that the isolate from the King's skink's faeces was probably derived from a mammal, possibly a rodent or a bat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-165
Number of pages4
JournalExperimental Parasitology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • 18S rRNA
  • Eimeria
  • Genetic characterization
  • King's skink
  • Mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase gene (COI)
  • Morphology
  • Phylogeny


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