Aikinetocystidae

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Aikinetocystidae
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Superphylum: Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Levine 1970
Class: Conoidasida
Levine 1988
Subclass: Gregarinasina
Dufour 1828
Order: Eugregarinorida
Grassé & Schrével 1953
Suborder: Aseptatorina
Chakravarty 1960
Family: Aikinetocystidae
Genera

Aikinetocystis
Nellocystis

The Aikinetocystidae are a family of parasitic protozoa in the phylum Apicomplexa. The species in this family infect oligochetes.

Taxonomy[edit]

This family was created in 1930 by Bhatia. Two genera are recognised in this family - Aikinetocystis and Nellocystis.

Description[edit]

The species in this family infect the coelom of oligochetes. They are spread by the oral-faecal route. The trophozoite is aseptate. The gamont is sac-like and extends at one end into two branches which divide dichotomously, forming eight to 16 secondary branches bearing groups of suckers. The oocyts are biconical (fusiform).

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