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Parasitic Groups

  • Sven Klimpel
  • Thomas Kuhn
  • Julian Münster
  • Dorian D. Dörge
  • Regina Klapper
  • Judith Kochmann
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Abstract

The term protozoa describes heterotrophic, single-celled eukaryotes of different origin and comprises a variety of species, most of which are free-living. The term is not a category of systematics but is currently used in parasitology to distinguish single-celled parasites from multicellular parasites. One third of about 40,000 different species of protozoa have a parasitic lifestyle.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sven Klimpel
    • 1
  • Thomas Kuhn
    • 2
  • Julian Münster
    • 1
  • Dorian D. Dörge
    • 1
  • Regina Klapper
    • 3
  • Judith Kochmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity and Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research CentreGoethe-UniversityFrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.GeldernGermany
  3. 3.Department of Safety and Quality of Milk and Fish ProductsMax Rubner-InstituteHamburgGermany

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