The demise of Leptotheca Thelohan, 1895 (Myxozoa: Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae) and assignment of its species to Ceratomyxa Thelohan, 1892 (Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae), Ellipsomyxa Koie, 2003 (Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae), Myxobolus Butschli, 1882 and Sphaerosp

Gunter, Nicole and Adlard, Robert (2010) The demise of Leptotheca Thelohan, 1895 (Myxozoa: Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae) and assignment of its species to Ceratomyxa Thelohan, 1892 (Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae), Ellipsomyxa Koie, 2003 (Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae), Myxobolus Butschli, 1882 and Sphaerospora Thelohan, 1892 (Myxosporea: Sphaerosporidae). Systematic Parasitology, 75 2: 81-104. doi:10.1007/s11230-009-9227-1


Author Gunter, Nicole
Adlard, Robert
Title The demise of Leptotheca Thelohan, 1895 (Myxozoa: Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae) and assignment of its species to Ceratomyxa Thelohan, 1892 (Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae), Ellipsomyxa Koie, 2003 (Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae), Myxobolus Butschli, 1882 and Sphaerospora Thelohan, 1892 (Myxosporea: Sphaerosporidae)
Formatted title
The demise of Leptotheca Thélohan, 1895 (Myxozoa: Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae) and assignment of its species to Ceratomyxa Thélohan, 1892 (Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae), Ellipsomyxa Køie, 2003 (Myxosporea: Ceratomyxidae), Myxobolus Bütschli, 1882 and Sphaerospora Thélohan, 1892 (Myxosporea: Sphaerosporidae)
Journal name Systematic Parasitology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-5752
1573-5192
Publication date 2010-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11230-009-9227-1
Volume 75
Issue 2
Start page 81
End page 104
Total pages 24
Editor David I. Gibson
Place of publication The Hague, Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A revision of Leptotheca Thélohan, 1895 is presented. The boundaries that separate Leptotheca from Ceratomyxa Thélohan, 1892 and Sphaerospora Thélohan, 1892 are vague and have been highlighted as an area of concern within myxosporean classification. A survey of the literature revealed 63 species that are currently assigned to Leptotheca and a further 11 species that have been relegated as synonyms in Ceratomyxa, Sphaerospora or Myxobolus Bütschli, 1882. The placement of some species in the genus is unclear and demonstrates the need for a revision. The type-species of Leptotheca (L. agilis Thélohan 1892) has many Ceratomyxa-like characters, such that a minor amendation of the diagnosis of Ceratomyxa will then accept the type-species of Leptotheca, rendering the latter genus its synonym. We propose the suppression of Leptotheca, with all species currently assigned to that genus reassigned to Ceratomyxa, Ellipsomyxa Køie, 2003, Myxobolus or Sphaerospora on the basis of appropriate morphological and biological traits. The diagnoses of Ceratomyxa and Ellipsomyxa are amended appropriately. Molecular analysis may change the placement of some species in the future; however, the aim of this review was to eliminate the ambiguity of assignment of species in the genera Leptotheca, Ceratomyxa and Sphaerospora by suppressing Leptotheca.
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Keyword N. sp myxosporea
Bass dicentrarchus-labrax
Macrourid fishes
North-atlantic
Heron Island
Bivalvulida
Genus
Phylogeny
Sea
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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