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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Opisthokonta
Class: Corallochytrea
Genus: Corallochytrium

Corallochytrium confervae
Corallochytrium limacisporum

Corallochytrium is a single-celled eukaryote which was found in coral reef lagoons of the Lakshadweep islands of the Arabian sea.[1] Although it is an opisthokont, its closest relatives in that group are not clear. For example, it is not clear whether it is more closely related to animals or fungi.[2]


This organism produces rough, pink, raised colonies on BK medium. The vegetative cells are unicellular. Reproduction is by binary divisions The amoeboid spores are limax shaped.


  1. ^ Raghu-Kumar, S (1987), "Occurrence of the thraustochytrid, Corallochytrium limacisporum gen. et sp. nov. in the coral reef lagoons of the Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea", Botanica Marina [BOT. MAR.] 30 (1): 83–89 
  2. ^ Sumathi, Jc; Raghukumar, S; Kasbekar, Dp; Raghukumar, C (Oct 2006), "Molecular evidence of fungal signatures in the marine protist Corallochytrium limacisporum and its implications in the evolution of animals and fungi.", Protist 157 (4): 363–76, doi:10.1016/j.protis.2006.05.003, PMID 16899404