Selenidioididae

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Selenidioididae
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Selenidioididae

Levine 1971
Genera

Filipodium
Merogregarina
Meroselenidium
Platyproteum
Selenidioides
Veloxidium

The Selenidioididae are a family of parasitic alveolates in the phylum Apicomplexa. Species in this order infect marine invertebrates.

Taxonomy

The order Archigregarinorida was redefined by Levine in 1971[1] and divided into two families: Exoschizonidae and Selenidioididae.

There are seven genera and 74 species recognised in this family.

Description

Species in this family undergo asexual schizogony.

Life cycle

The species in the family infect the gastrointestinal tract and are presumably transmitted by the orofaecal route but the details of this mechanism are presently unknown.

References

  1. ^ Levine N D (1971) Taxonomy of the Archigregarinorida and Selenidiidae (Protozoa, Apicomplexa) J Euk Micro 18 (4) 704-717 DOI: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.1971.tb03401.x


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