September 6, 2010
September 6 -Haemogregarina crocodilinorum
There are five species of hemogregarine apicomplexan blood parasites (distant relatives of malaria parasites) that have been described from alligators and crocodiles. Haemogregarina crocodilinorum is the one that infects the American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis. This parasite is most likely transmitted by the leech, Placobdella multilineata, which is commonly found on alligators throughout the Southeast.