Selenidioididae

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Selenidioididae
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
Genera

Filipodium
Merogregarina
Meroselenidium
Platyproteum
Selenidium
Selenidioides
Veloxidium

The Selenidioididae are an family of parasitic protozoa in the phylum Apicomplexa. Species in this order infect marine invertebrates.

Taxonomy[edit]

The order Archigregarinorida was redefined by Levine in 1971[1] and divided into two families: Exoschizonidae and Selenidioididae.

There are seven genera and 74 species recognised in this family.

Description[edit]

Life cycle[edit]

The species in the family infect the gastrointestinal tract and are presumably transmitted by the orofaecal route but the details of this mechanism are presently unknown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levine N D (1971) Taxonomy of the Archigregarinorida and Selenidiidae (Protozoa, Apicomplexa) J Euk Micro 18 (4) 704-717 DOI: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.1971.tb03401.x