Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Leptomyxid Amoebae

  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4002-1


Greek: leptos = tiny; myxa = slimy.

These unicellular protozoans belong to the amoebian order Leptomyxida (class Tubulinea). Members of this group are in general free-living, soil inhabiting organisms. For humans and animals, they turned out to be harmless. However, some few species of leptomyxid amoebae (e.g., Balamuthia mandrillaris ) are opportunistic pathogens.

Further Reading

  1. Amarel-Zettler LA et al (2000) A molecular reassessment of the leptomyxid amoebae. Protist 151:275–282CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Lorenzo-Morales J et al (2013) Is Balamuthia mandrillaris a public health concern world-wide? Trends Parasitol vol 29:483–488CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany