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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Opisthokonta
Class: Filasterea
Genus: Capsaspora
Hertel, Bayne & Loke, 2002[1]

Capsaspora owczarzaki Hertel, Bayne & Loke, 2002[1]

Capsaspora is a single-celled eukaryote which is a symbiont in the haemolymph of the snail Biomphalaria glabrata.[1]


Although it is an opisthokont, it seems not to fit in any of the established opisthokont lineages such as nucleariids or Mesomycetozoea. It is part of its own group, possibly together with Ministeria.[2] This group is related to animals and choanoflagellates.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Hertel L. A., Bayne C. J. & Loke E. S. (2002), "The symbiont Capsaspora owczarzaki, nov. Gen. Nov. Sp., isolated from three strains of the pulmonate snail Biomphalaria glabrata is related to members of the Mesomycetozoea", International Journal for Parasitology 32: 1183, doi:10.1016/S0020-7519(02)00066-8  
  2. ^ Shalchian-Tabrizi K, Minge MA, Espelund M, et al (2008), "Multigene phylogeny of choanozoa and the origin of animals", PLoS ONE 3 (5): e2098, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002098, PMID 18461162, PMC 2346548,  
  3. ^ Ruiz-Trillo, I; Lane, Ce; Archibald, Jm; Roger, Aj (Sep 2006), "Insights into the evolutionary origin and genome architecture of the unicellular opisthokonts Capsaspora owczarzaki and Sphaeroforma arctica.", The Journal of eukaryotic microbiology 53 (5): 379–84, doi:10.1111/j.1550-7408.2006.00118.x, PMID 16968456  


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