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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Amoebozoa
Class: Discosea
Order: Dactylopodida
Family: Paramoebidae
Genus: Paramoeba
Schaudinn, 1896

Paramoeba is a genus of common parasites,[1] including species that can cause infection in fish,[2] crabs (including the "blue crab", Callinectes sapidus),[3] sea urchins[4] and others.


  1. ^ Frederick C. Page (1973). "Paramoeba: a common marine genus". Hydrobiologia. 41 (2): 183–188. doi:10.1007/BF00016444. 
  2. ^ Athanassopoulou F, Cawthorn R, Lytra K (October 2002). "Amoeba-like infections in cultured marine fishes: systemic infection in pompano Trachinotus falcatus L. from Singapore and gill disease associated with Paramoeba sp. in sea bream Sparus aurata L. from Greece". Journal of Veterinary Medicine, Series B. 49 (8): 411–412. PMID 12449253. doi:10.1046/j.1439-0450.2002.00583.x. 
  3. ^ Phyllis T. Johnson (1977). "Paramoebiasis in the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus". Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 29 (3): 308–320. doi:10.1016/S0022-2011(77)80036-0. 
  4. ^ G. M. Jones (1985). "Paramoeba invadens n. sp. (Amoebida, Paramoebidae), a pathogenic amoeba from the sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis, in Eastern Canada". Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 32 (4): 564–569. doi:10.1111/j.1550-7408.1985.tb03075.x.