Aikinetocystidae

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Aikinetocystidae
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): SAR
(unranked): Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Conoidasida
Subclass: Gregarinasina
Order: Eugregarinorida
Suborder: Aseptatorina
Family: Aikinetocystidae
Genera

Aikinetocystis
Nellocystis

The Aikinetocystidae are a family of parasitic alveolates in the phylum Apicomplexa. The species in this family infect oligochetes.

Taxonomy[edit]

This family was created in 1930 by Bhatia.[1]

Two genera are recognised in this family - Aikinetocystis and Nellocystis.

Description[edit]

The species in this family infect the coelom of oligochetes. They are spread by the oral-faecal route. The trophozoite is aseptate. The gamont is sac-like and extends at one end into two branches which divide dichotomously, forming eight to 16 secondary branches bearing groups of suckers. The oocyts are biconical (fusiform).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bhatia BL (1930) Synopsis of the genera and classification of haplocyte gregarines. Parasitol 22: 156-167