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Cryptospordium and Frog parasite/deformities

Darwin Wittrock, Ph.D. wittrod at uwec.edu
Wed Oct 30 15:40:31 EST 1996

Fellow Parasitologists - two questions:

1.  Does anyone know a source for purchasing microscope slides of 
Cryptospordium oocysts?  I would like to have my parasit students look at 
these in lab.

2.  I've seen a few articles (recent one in the St. Paul Pioneer Press) 
concerning a parasite of frogs (likely a metacercaria) that develops as 
adults in garter snakes and is responsible for the limb deformities that 
have been appearing ranid frogs.  I assume that it is an Ochetosomatid of 
some sort.  Does anyone know which species it is?

Darwin Wittrock
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54701
wittrod at uwec.edu

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