Lipotrophidae

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Lipotrophidae
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Superphylum: Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Levine 1970
Class: Conoidasida
Levine 1988
Subclass: Gregarinasina
Dufour 1828
Order: Neogregarinorida
Grassé & Schrével 1953
Family: Lipotrophidae
Grassé 1953
Genera

Apicystis
Farinocystis
Lipotropha
Lipocystis
Mattesia
Menzbieria

The Lipotrophidae are a family of parasitic protozoa in the phylum Apicomplexa. Species in this family infect insects (Diptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera.)

History[edit]

This family was created by Grasse in 1953.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

Six genera are currently recognised in this family.

Life cycle[edit]

Merogony generally occurs by budding from surface of meront to form uniformly sized merozoites.

The gametes are similar (isogametes) and fuse to form navicular oocysts which have pronounced polar thickenings.

The oocysts contain eight (rarely 4) sporozoites.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grasse P-P (1953) Classe des gregarinomorphes (Gregarinomorpha, N. nov., Gregarinae Haeckel, 1866; gregarinidea Lankester, 1885; gre´garines des auteurs). In: Grasse P-P (ed.), Traite de Zoologie. Masson, Paris. pp 590–690