Eimeria fraterculae

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Eimeria fraterculae
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Sar
(unranked): Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Conoidasida
Order: Eucoccidiorida
Family: Eimeriidae
Genus: Eimeria
Species: E. fraterculae
Binomial name
Eimeria fraterculae
Leighton and Gajadhar, 1986

Eimeria fraterculae is a species of alveolates belonging to the family Eimeriidae. It causes renal coccidiosis in the Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica).

Apart from its host-specificity, this coccidium can be recognised by the subspherical oocytes with unusually thick walls appearing distinctly greenish in colour. Coccidiosis caused by this parasite appears to be mild and nonfatal.

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