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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): SAR
(unranked): Alveolata
(unranked): Myzozoa
Phylum: Dinozoa
Class: Ellobiopsea
Order: Ellobiopsida
Family: Ellobiopsidae
Genus: Ellobiopsis

Ellobiopsis caridarum
Ellobiopsis chattonii
Ellobiopsis elongata
Ellobiopsis eupraxiae
Ellobiopsis fagei
Ellobiopsis racemosus

Ellobiopsis is a genus of alveolate parasitic eukaryotes.

This genus was created in 1910 by Caullery. Species in this genus infect crustaceans.[1]

The type species is Ellobiopsis chattoni.


This genus has been difficult to classify, being placed in several different taxa in the past (e.g., Chytridiomycota, Dinoflagellata)[2] but it is now known to be an alveolate. Its closest relations appear to be the genus Thalassomyces.[3] These genera have been grouped together to form the family Ellobiopsidae.

Host records[edit]


  1. ^ Timofeev SF (2002) Effect of the parasitic dinoflagellate Ellobiopsis chattoni (Protozoa: Mastigophora) on the winter mortality of the calanoid copepod Calanus finmarchicus (Crustacea: Copepoda) in the Norwegian Sea. Parazitologiia 36(2):158-162
  2. ^ Bradbury, P. C. (1994). Parasitic protozoa of mollusks and crustacea. In. Kreier, J. P. (ed.), Parasitic Protozoa, 2nd edn. Vol. 8. Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 139–264, 154 [1].
  3. ^ Gómez F, López-García P, Nowaczyk A, Moreira D (2009) The crustacean parasites Ellobiopsis Caullery, 1910 and Thalassomyces Niezabitowski, 1913 form a monophyletic divergent clade within the Alveolata. Syst Parasitol 74(1):65-74