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Université de Fribourg

Morphology, molecular phylogeny, and ecology of Binucleata daphniae n. g., n. sp. (Fungi: Microsporidia), a parasite of Daphnia magna Straus, 1820 (Crustacea: Branchiopoda)

Refardt, Dominik ; Decaestecker, Ellen ; Johnson, Pieter T. J. ; Vávra, Jirí

In: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 2008, vol. 55, no. 5, p. 393 - 408

We describe a new microsporidian species Binucleata daphniae, n. g., n. sp., that infects the integument cells lining the hemocoele cavity of the carapace and the postabdomen of the cladoceran Daphnia magna Straus. Infected cells filled with spores accumulate as large clusters in the carapace cavity and heavily infected hosts are detected by their opaque appearance. Despite the parasite's...