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Intestinal protozoa of the African elephant Loxodonta africana (Blumenbach)

Anette K. Eloff, W van Hoven

Abstract


The digestive tract of 15 elephants from South Africa and two from Zaïre were sampled in order to determine the identity, density and population composition of the intestinal protozoa. The following orders were represented: Gymnostomatida, Trichostomatida and Entodiniomorphida. Altogether 17 species were identified, of which three are new. The new species as well as a new genus are described.



AJOL African Journals Online