Defretinella

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Defretinella
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Defretinella

Henneré 1966
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Defretinella eulaliae

Defretinella is a genus of parasitic alveolates of the phylum Apicomplexa.

Taxonomy[edit]

This genus had been placed in the family Barrouxiidae by Levine[1] but has since been moved to the family Eleutheroschizonidae.

There is one species recognised in this genus — Defretinella eulaliae.

Description[edit]

This species infects a polychete species — the green leaf worm (Eulalia viridis).[2]

The oocysts contain >50 bivalved sporocysts: each sporocyst in its turn contains numerous sporozoites. The sporocysts are bivalved.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levine, N.D. (1983). "The genera Barrouxia, Defretinella, and Goussia of the coccidian family Barrouxiidae (Protozoa, Apicomplexa)". J Euk Micro. 30 (3): 542–7. doi:10.1111/j.1550-7408.1983.tb01419.x.
  2. ^ Hennere, E. (1966). "Stades evolutifs de deux coccidies parasites d'annelides polychetes: Myriosporides amphiglenae, gen. n., sp. n., parasite de Amphiglena mediterranea Claparede (Sabellidae); Defretinella eulaliae, gen. n., sp. n., parasite de Eulalia viridis Muller (Phyllododidae)". Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences, Série D. 262: 890–3.