Lipotrophidae

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Lipotrophidae
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Sar
(unranked): Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Conoidasida
Subclass: Gregarinasina
Order: Neogregarinorida
Family: Lipotrophidae
Grassé 1953
Genera

Apicystis
Farinocystis
Lipotropha
Lipocystis
Mattesia
Menzbieria

The Lipotrophidae are a family of parasitic alveolates in the phylum Apicomplexa. Species in this family infect insects (Diptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera).

History[edit]

This family was created by Grasse in 1953.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

Six genera are currently recognised in this family.

Lifecycle[edit]

Merogony generally occurs by budding from surface of meront to form uniformly sized merozoites. The gametes are similar (isogametes) and fuse to form navicular oocysts which have pronounced polar thickenings. The oocysts contain eight (rarely four) sporozoites.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grasse P-P (1953) Classe des gregarinomorphes (Gregarinomorpha, N. nov., Gregarinae Haeckel, 1866; gregarinidea Lankester, 1885; gregarines des auteurs). In: Grasse P-P (ed.), Traite de Zoologie. Masson, Paris. pp 590–690