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Apical complex / Apicoplast
Number of Species
This page should say how many species are found in the phylum. --Savant13 20:03, 21 December 2006 (UTC)
The short answer is we dont know. The best estimates that I know of suggest > 5000 species. DrMicro.
The article deceptively suggests that Apicomplexa is nonmotile, which is untrue...most are motile...Anyone up for changing it?...If not I'll pull out a few papers to refresh my memory when I have time Jarwulf 05:56, 1 Apr 2005 (UTC)
- Based on this glossary entry, I'd say nonmotility is definitive...? --Renice 19:37, 4 October 2006 (UTC)
apicomplexan: A sporozoan protist that lacks special locomotor organelles but has an apical complex and a spore-forming stage. It is either an intra- or extracellular parasite of animals; a member of the phylum Apicomplexa.
For the record, the sources I'm finding say Cryptosporidium is a coccidia; for example, see:
- Toxoplasmosis: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide (Excerpt) (PDF). Cambridge University Press. 2005-09-08. doi:10.2277/0521019427. ISBN: 0521019427. Unknown parameter
- Stuart A. West, Todd G. Smith and Andrew F. Read (1999-09-14). "Sex allocation and population structure in apicomplexan (protozoa) parasites" (PDF). The Royal Society, London.
- "The Taxonomicon & Systema Naturae" (Website database). Taxon: Genus Cryptosporidium. Universal Taxonomic Services, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 2000. Unknown parameter
- Upton, Steve J. (2003-09-12). "Basic Biology of Cryptosporidium" (Website). Kansas State University: Parasitology Laboratory.
Are Blastocystea Apicomplexa or Chromista? --Kupirijo 10:00, 1 January 2007 (UTC)
- Stramenopile, it seems pretty clear from the refs at Blastocystis (Chromista doesn't seem to be monophyletic, so I wouldn't use that term, per refs at Chromalveolate). If anyone knows of something we are missing, please provide specifics. I've updated this article accordingly. Kingdon (talk) 02:45, 12 January 2009 (UTC)
- Apicomplexa seems to be a much more common term these days (I tried a google scholar search). Unless there is something I'm missing, it looks like a case where wikipedia needs to follow existing usage. Kingdon (talk) 19:12, 1 June 2009 (UTC)
Subclasses taxonomy - mess, this entire article needs in-line citations!
This article had a subclasses section that says there are four, and the taxobox is divided into different classes and subclasses.
"The phylum is currently divided into four subclasses:"
- "subdivision_ranks = Classes & Subclasses"
- "subdivision ="