Description of a Giardia varani-like flagellate from a water monitor, Varanus salvator, from Malaysia

J Parasitol. 1997 Oct;83(5):970-1.


A Giardia varani Lavier, 1923-like flagellate was found in the feces of a captive water monitor, Varanus salvator, originally caught wild from an unknown location in Malaysia. The parasite is similar in size and shape to Giardia lamblia, except that median bodies are rare and cysts are binucleate. A description of both the trophozoite and cyst stage of this flagellate is provided.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Feces / parasitology
  • Female
  • Giardia / classification
  • Giardia / isolation & purification
  • Giardia / ultrastructure*
  • Giardiasis / parasitology
  • Giardiasis / veterinary*
  • Lizards / parasitology*
  • Malaysia