Gemmocystis

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Gemmocystis
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Superphylum: Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Conoidasida
Subclass: Coccidiasina
Order: Agamococcidiorida
Levine 1979
Family: Gemmocystidae
Levine 1979
Genus: Gemmocystis
Upton & Peters 1986
Species

Gemmocystis cylindrus Upton & Peters 1986

Rhytidocystis is a genus of apicomplexan.[1]

This genus is parasitic on scleractinian corals (Agaricia agaricites, Dendrogyra cylindrus, Diploria strigosa, Meandrina meandrites, Montastraea cavernosa, Porites astreoides, Porites porites) and is found in the Caribbean. Very little is know about the species in this genus.

G. cylindrus was isolated from within the gastrodermal cells of the mesenterial filaments of the coral. Only the oocysts and released sporozoites have been described. The parasites were isolated from bleached coral but their role if any in this sign is not known.

Taxonomy[edit]

There is one species known in this genus

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Upton S J, Peters EC (1986) A new and unusual species of coccidium (Apicomplexa: Agamococcidiorida) from Jamaican scleractinian corals. J Invert Pathol 47:184-193