Every researcher or diagnostician working with reptiles has faced the challenge of identifying reptile hemoparasites and then determining whether they are of importance or merely incidental. Another challenge is how to easily find the information required to make the proper identification. A distillation of knowledge from world-renowned expert Sam R. Telford, Jr, Hemoparasites of the Reptilia: Color Atlas and Text provides a comprehensive compilation of information on how to differentiate between the myriad species of reptile hemoparasites. The atlas provides diagnoses for 262 species of plasmodiids, hemogregarines, hemococcidians, trypansosomes, and leishmanias, including descriptions of eight new species or new taxonomic designations. It also discusses lesser known groups, such as piroplasms, rickettsiae, chlamydia, and erythrocytic viruses. Each genus and many species are represented among the 166 taxa illustrated in color. The species accounts contain host and geographic distribution, with precise localities when possible, prevalence, life cycles and vectors when known, effects upon the host, and ecology of the host-parasite relationship, morphological variation, and an exhaustive bibliography. The book also includes an illustrated key showing diagnostic characters. Telford draws on his 45 years of experience and his personal collection, considered the world's most complete, to provide information on the morphology of the unicellular parasites of reptilian blood. He includes information from hard-to-find original papers and articles from sources throughout the world. The illustrated key and photomicrographs from Telford's collection make identifying species quicker and easier.
Sam R. Telford Jr.
CRC Press Inc
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07 October 2008
Professional and scholarly
Further / Higher Education
The Plasmodiid ParasitesMorphology and Life CyclesUltrastructure of Reptilian PlasmodiidsTaxonomic CharactersSpecies AccountsThe HemogregarinesHaemogregarina Hepatozoon Karyolysus HemoliviaSpecies Accounts HaemogregarinidaeKaryolysidae The Hemococcidia of Lizards Apicomplexa: EimeriorinaSpecies Accounts Kinetoplastida, TrypanosomatidaeTrypanosoma Species Accounts Sauroleishmania Parasites of ReptilesSpecies Accounts PiroplasmoridaSauroplasma Species AccountsParasites of Uncertain Relationship Prokaryotic Parasites of Reptilian Blood Cells Rickettsiales: Aegyptianella Chlamydial Infection of Reptilian Leukocytes Viral Infections of Circulating Blood CellsPoxvirus Infection of Leukocytes Iridovirus Infections of Erythrocytes Literature Cited Appendix: The Identification of Reptilian HemoparasitesIndex
World Health Organization (retired)
Reviews for Hemoparasites of the Reptilia: Color Atlas and Text
Reptile blood parasites and Sam Telford are synonymous. After more than 45 years dedicated research in numerous countries on three continents the author has collated all his knowledge and expertise from over 10,000 positive blood smears in producing a reference book in this specialised area which will be the standard source of taxonomic data for decades... Overall the volume describes more than 260 taxons (including descriptions of 8 new species) of which almost 170 are illustrated... Sam Telford has produced a reference volume that will be the standard for decades to come and is unlikely to be surpassed. Every veterinarian, biologist, parasitologist and institution involved with reptile conservation, health and disease should have a copy available. This is an investment that no reference book-shelf can afford to be without. --Michael A Peirce, MP International Consultancy, East Sussex, UK