Parasitology Research

, Volume 117, Issue 11, pp 3633–3638 | Cite as

Gametogony of Eimeria cameli in the small intestine of one-humped camel (Camelus dromedarius)

  • Jitender P. DubeyEmail author
  • Rolf K. Schuster
  • Joerg Kinne
Original Paper


Domesticated Old World camels (Camelus dromedarius and Camelus bactrianus) are important for the economy of several countries in Asia, Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula, and coccidiosis is an important disease in camels. There is confusion concerning the species of coccidian parasites in camels and their life cycles. Although five species of Eimeria (E. cameli, E. rajasthani, E. dromedarii, E. bactriani, and E. pellerdyi) were named from camels, E. cameli is considered the most pathogenic. Here, development of gametogonic stages and oocysts of E. cameli are described in the lamina propria of the small intestines of naturally infected camels. Only sexual stages have been confirmed.


Camel (Camelus dromedarius, C. bactrianusEimeria Gamonts Oocysts 



We are grateful to Fernando Antunes, Camila Cezar, Andressa Ferreira da Silva, and Oliver Kwok for their help.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical statement

All applicable international, national, and institutional guidelines for care and use of animals were followed. An Ethic Commission comprising four veterinarians of the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory (CVRL) and a government veterinarian from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), United Arab Emirates, follow the Ministerial Decree No. 384 of the year 2008 on the executive by-law of the Federal Law No. 16 of the year 2007 concerning animal welfare. The welfare of all experimental animals and treatment of them conducted by the CVRL are reviewed and approved by the Animal Ethic Committee of CVRL and MOCCAE of the United Arab Emirates (permit number 550353).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jitender P. Dubey
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rolf K. Schuster
    • 2
  • Joerg Kinne
    • 2
  1. 1.Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Agricultural Research ServiceUnited States Department of AgricultureBeltsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Central Veterinary Research LaboratoryDubaiUAE

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