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Scientific classification e
(unranked): SAR
Infrakingdom: Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Conoidasida
Order: Eucoccidiorida
Family: Aggregatidae
Genus: Aggregata
Frenzel, 1885 [1]

Aggregata andresi
Aggregata bathytherma
Aggregata coelomica
Aggregata conformi
Aggregata dobelli
Aggregata dromiae
Aggregata eberthi
Aggregata inachi
Aggregata jacquementi
Aggregata kudoi
Aggregata leandri
Aggregata maxima
Aggregata millerorum
Aggregata octopiana
Aggregata ovata
Aggregata patagonica
Aggregata portunidarum
Aggregata reticulosa
Aggregata sagittata
Aggregata schneideri
Aggregata sepiae
Aggregata siedleckii
Aggregata spinosa
Aggregata stellata
Aggregata vagans
Aggregata valdessensis

Aggregata is a genus of parasitic alveolates belonging to the phylum Apicomplexa.


This genus was originally described by Lieberkühn in 1854. It was given its current name by Frenzel in 1885. This genus had previously been named Benedenia.

This genus appears to be related to the adelinids and Hepatozoon but this needs confirmation.[2]

Life cycle[edit]

The life cycle was determined in 1914. These parasites have two hosts in their life cycle (heteroxenous). Sexual stages are found in the digestive tract of cephalopods and asexual stages infect the digestive tract of crustaceans.

The parasites undergo merogony and gametogony in the digestive tract and sometimes in the other tissues of the cephalopod. The oocysts may be passed in the stool or form within the tissues of the cephalopod. When the oocysts are ingested by a crustacean - frequently a crab - they decyst and infect the digestive tract of the crustacean. The life cycle is completed when the crustacean is eaten by a cephalopod.

Host records[edit]


  • Aggregata duboscqi Moroff 1908 - Aggregata coelomica
  • Aggregata frenzeli Moroff 1908 - Aggregata eberthi
  • Aggregata mamillana Moroff 1908 - Aggregata eberthi
  • Aggregata mingazzinii Moroff 1908 - Aggregata eberthi
  • Aggregata minima Moroff 1908 - Aggregata eberthi


  1. ^ "Aggregata Frenzel, 1885". World Register of Marine Species. 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Kopecná J, Jirků M, Oborník M, Tokarev YS, Lukes J, Modrý D (2006) Phylogenetic analysis of coccidian parasites from invertebrates: search for missing links. Protist 157(2):173-183
  3. ^ Gestal C, Nigmatullin Ch M, Hochberg FG, Guerra A and Pascual S (2005) Aggregata andresi n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Aggregatidae) from the ommastrephid squid Martialia hyadesi in the SW Atlantic Ocean and some general remarks on Aggregata spp. in cephalopod hosts. System Parasitol 60(1) 65-73 doi:10.1007/s11230-004-1385-6
  4. ^ Gestal C, Pascual S, Hochberg FG (2010) Aggregata bathytherma sp. nov. (Apicomplexa: Aggregatidae), a new coccidian parasite associated with a deep-sea hydrothermal vent octopus. Inter-Research 91(3) 237-242
  5. ^ a b Poynton SL, Reimschuessel R, Stoskopf MK (1992) Aggregata dobelli n. sp. and Aggregata millerorum n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Aggregatidae) from two species of octopus (Mollusca: Octopodidae) from the Eastern North Pacific Ocean. J Euk Micro 39(1) 248–256 doi:10.1111/j.1550-7408.1992.tb01309.x
  6. ^ Gestal C, Abollo E, Pascual S (2002) Observations on associated histopathology with Aggregata octopiana infection (Protista: Apicomplexa) in Octopus vulgaris. Dis Aquat Organ 50(1):45-49
  7. ^ a b Sardella NH, Ré ME, Timi JT (2000) Two new Aggregata species (Apicomplexa: Aggregatidae) infecting Octopus tehuelchus and Enteroctopus megalocyathus (Mollusca: Octopodidae) in Patagonia, Argentina. J Parasitol 86(5):1107-1113 doi:10.1645/0022-3395(2000)086[1107:TNASAA]2.0.CO;2
  8. ^ Gestal C, Guerra A, Abollo E, Pascual S (2000) Aggregata sagittata n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Aggregatidae), a coccidian parasite from the European flying squid Todarodes sagittatus (Mollusca: Cephalopoda). Syst Parasitol 47(3):203-206