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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. doi:10.1046/j.1439-0450.2002.00583.x. PMID 12449253. 
  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.