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Applied Biological Research
Year : 2012, Volume : 14, Issue : 2
First page : ( 207) Last page : ( 210)
Print ISSN : 0972-0979. Online ISSN : 0974-4517.

Morphometric variations in piroplasms of Babesia canis from naturally infected dogs from Punjab (India)

Eljadar Mohamed S.M., Singla L.D.*, Mustafa Radya A.A.1, Uppal S.K.2

Departments of Veterinary Parasitology, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana -141004, Punjab (India)

1Animal Disease Research Centre, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana -141004, Punjab (India)

2Department of Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana -141004, Punjab (India)

*E-mail: ldsingla@gmail.com

Abstract

This study presents the morphometeric characteristics of canine haemoprotozoan, Babesia canis, by using software DP2-BSW (Olympus). Most of the B. canis in erythrocytes were pyriform bodies at an acute angle whereas a few were at obtuse angle. The other erythrocytic stage of B. canis was commonly tetrad with some polymorphic forms including ovoid, amoeboid, elongated, umbrella-like, etc. The micrometric measurements of B. canis piroplasms varied from 2.93–5.80 x 2.10–3.30 μm and a quartered parasite of 5.1 x 5.4 μm size was also seen. The only species of tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, a known vector of B. canis, was recovered from infected dogs.

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Keywords

Babesia canis, dog, piroplasms, morphometery.

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