Merogregarina

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Merogregarina
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Superphylum: Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Levine 1970
Class: Conoidasida
Levine 1988
Subclass: Gregarinasina
Dufour 1828
Order: Archigregarinorida
Grassé & Schrével 1953
Family: Selenidioididae
Genus: Merogregarina
Species

Merogregarina amaroucii

The Merogregarina are a genus of parasitic protozoa in the phylum Apicomplexa. Species in this genus infect marine invertebrates.

Taxonomy[edit]

This species was described in 1908 by Porter.[1]

There is one species in this genus - Merogregarina amaroucii.

Description[edit]

Life cycle[edit]

This species is found in species of the ascidian genus Amaroucium.

The parasite infects the gastrointestinal tract and is presumably transmitted by the orofaecal route but the details of this mechanism are presently unknown.

Schizogony is intracellular.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Porter (1908) A new Schizogregarine, Merogregarina amaroucii nov.gen., nov. sp., parasitic in the alimentary canal of the composite Ascidian, Amaroucium sp. (Prel. Comm.). Archives de Zoologie Paris (Ser 4) 9 (xliv-xlviii)