Aquatic Parasite Observatory

Balantidium spp.

    • Species Name: Balantidium spp.
    • Synonyms: None
    • Taxonomy: Protista, Ciliophora, Kinetofragminophora, Trichostomatida, Balantiidiae, Balantidium spp.
    • Life Cycle: "The Ciliophora are characterized by the possession of two types of nucleus, the sexual process of conjugation, a basically equatorial division plane in binary fission, and a form of pellicular organisation in which cilia and their intracellular attachments (the infraciliature) are dominate features" (Sleigh, 1989).
    • Description:
      1. The cytostome of vestibuliferans lies within an apical, subapical, or occasionally posterior, vestibular depression containing modified somatic ciliature associated with a rhabdos-type cytopharynx.
    • Sources: Sleigh, M.A. 1989. Protozoa and other Protists. British Library Cataloguing Publication Data, p. 186, 199-200.
    • APO Parasite Records: (by Life Cycle)
      1. Host SpeciesHost Common NameSite(s) of Infection
        Taricha granulosaRough-skinned newtIntestinal tract

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