Besnoitia

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Besnoitia

a genus of sporozoan parasites in the family Sarcocystidae and they are relatively host specific. There are a number of species that are found only in wild animals. Horses and cattle are affected by disease in their role as intermediate hosts. In many of the species the definitive host is the cat. In the others the definitive host has not been identified.

Besnoitia bennetti
causes besnoitiosis of horses and donkeys.
Besnoitia besnoiti
causes besnoitiosis of cattle.
Besnoitia caprae
found in goats.
Besnoitia darlingi
found in opossums, possibly lizards.
Besnoitia wallacei
found in cats.