Balantidium

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Balantidium
Balantidium trophB.JPG
Balantidium coli trophozoite
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Sar
Superphylum: Alveolata
Phylum: Ciliophora
Class: Litostomatea
Order: Vestibuliferida
Family: Balantiididae
Genus: Balantidium
Claparède & Lachmann 1858[1]
Type species
Balantidium entozoon[1]
Synonyms

Balantidiopsis Bütschli 1889 Balantioides Alexeieff 1931 Bolantidium Parabursaria Ghosh 1921 Paranyctotherus Sandon 1941

Balantidium is a genus of ciliate protozoan. It contains the parasitic species Balantidium coli, the only known cause of Balantidiasis.[2]

Species[edit]

As of December 2015, the Species 2000 Catalog of Life lists 72 species in this genus.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aescht, E. (2001) Denisia 01: Catalogue of the Generic Names of Ciliates (Protozoa, Ciliophora)
  2. ^ "The Parasite: Balantidium coli". Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Kunze T., Culham A., Bailly N., Kirk P., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., eds. "Catalogue of Life - 2015 Annual Checklist". Retrieved 20 December 2015.