Trypanosoma kansasensis sp. n. (Sarcomastigophora: Kinetoplastida) is described from three of 23 (13%) eastern woodrats (Neotoma floridana) collected from Pottawatomie County, Kansas (USA). All flagellates found in the blood of woodrats were trypomastigotes and are larger than T. neotomae in overall dimensions, especially flagellar length and the distance between the posterior end of the organism and kinetoplast. Liver infusion-tryptose (LIT) cultures of infected whole blood resulted in the transformation of some parasites into epimastigotes; however, there was no apparent increase in parasite numbers.
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