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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Sar
Superphylum: Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Levine 1970
Class: Conoidasida
Levine 1988
Subclass: Gregarinasina
Dufour 1828
Order: Archigregarinorida
Grassé & Schrével 1953
Family: Selenidioididae
Genus: Platyproteum

Platyproteum vivax

The Platyproteum are a genus of parasitic protozoa in the phylum Apicomplexa. Species in this genus infect marine invertebrates.


This genus was created in 2009 by Sonja Reuckert and Brian Leander.[1]

There is one species in this genus - Platyproteum vivax. This species was moved from the genus Selenidium.

It appears to be related to Filipodium phascolosomae.


This parasite is tape like.

Life cycle[edit]

The parasite infects the gastrointestinal tract and is presumably transmitted by the orofaecal route but the details of this mechanism are presently unknown.


  1. ^ Rueckert, S.; Leander, B. S. (2009). "Molecular Phylogeny and Surface Morphology of Marine Archigregarines (Apicomplexa),Selenidiumspp.,Filipodium phascolosomaen. Sp., and Platyproteumn. G. And comb. From North-Eastern Pacific Peanut Worms (Sipuncula)". Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 56 (5): 428. doi:10.1111/j.1550-7408.2009.00422.x.