Aquatic Parasite Observatory

Entamoeba spp. (Casagrandi & Barbagallo, 1897)

    • Species Name: Entamoeba spp. (Casagrandi & Barbagallo, 1897)
    • Synonyms: Endamoeba (Leidy, 1879)
    • Taxonomy: (Casagrandi & Barbagallo, 1897) Protista, Rhizopoda, Lobosa, Amoebida, Entamoebidae, Entamoeba spp.
    • Description: "Size usually small (from 10 to 50 microns); ectoplasm more or less well defined; endoplasm clear, or finely granular, or with large granules of volutin, or with chromidia. Contractile vacuoles usually absent. Nuclei vesicular with or without definite karyosomes. Nuclear division mesomitotic or mitotic. Reproduction by simple division, by buddings, or by spore formulation" (Transactions, 1912).
    • Life Cycle: "The life cycles of the Entamoeba genus are variable, but many use a fecal-oral life cycle. For example, E. histolytica, pathogenic to humans, uses a fecal-oral life cycles where infective cysts are passed in the feces and contaminate food sources and water to infect the next host" (Wiser, 2010).
    • Sources: Transactions of the Fifteenth International Congress on Hygiene and Demography. 1912, Vol. 2, p. 300
    • Wiser, M.F. 2010. Protozoa and Human Disease. First edition. Chapter 3. Garland Science. p. 31-46.
    • APO Parasite Records: (by Life Cycle)
      1. Host SpeciesHost Common NameSite(s) of Infection
        Taricha granulosaRough-skinned newtIntestinal tract
        Taricha torosaCalifornia newtIntestinal tract