Perkinsidae

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Perkinsidae
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): SAR
(unranked): Alveolata
Phylum: Perkinsozoa
Class: Perkinsea
Order: Perkinsida
Family: Perkinsidae
Levine, 1978
Genus

2, see text

Perkinsidae is a family of alveolates in the phylum Perkinsozoa, a sister group to the dinoflagellates.

Members[edit]

It includes Perkinsus species, which are parasitic protozoans, some of which cause disease and mass mortality in wild and farmed molluscs such as oysters.

There are two genera:[1]

Characteristics[edit]

Perkinsidae possess plastids which do not contain DNA.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guiry, M. D. & G. M. Guiry. 2013. Perkinsidae. AlgaeBase. National University of Ireland, Galway. Accessed 07 September 2013.
  2. ^ Hoppenrath, M.; Leander, B. S. (2009). "Molecular phylogeny of Parvilucifera prorocentri (Alveolata, Myzozoa): Insights into perkinsid character evolution" (PDF). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 56 (3): 251–56. doi:10.1111/j.1550-7408.2009.00395.x. 
  3. ^ Matsuzaki, M; Kuroiwa, H; Kuroiwa, T; Kita, K; Nozaki, H (June 2008). "A cryptic algal group unveiled: a plastid biosynthesis pathway in the oyster parasite Perkinsus marinus.". Molecular Biology and Evolution. 25 (6): 1167–79. doi:10.1093/molbev/msn064. PMID 18359776.