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Johan F. De Jonckheere
Containing group: Heterolobosea

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Based on SSU rDNA sequences Vahlkampfia ustiana turned out not to belong to the genus Vahlkampfia and a new  genus was established, Paravahlkampfia (Brown and De Jonckheere 1999). A vahlkampfiid strain was isolated from a lizard with an almost identical SSU rDNA sequence as the type strain (Schuster et al. 2003). Another species, P. lenta, was isolated from soil (Brown and De Jonckheere 2004).


Brown, S., De Jonckheere, J.F. A reevaluation of the amoeba genus Vahlkampfia based on SSUrDNA sequences. Europ. J. Protistol. 35, 49-54, 1999.

Brown S., De Jonckheere J. F. Isolation of a new vahlkampfiid amoeba from soil: Paravahlkampfia lenta. Europ. J. Protistol. 40, 289- 294, 2004.

Page, F. C. A New Key to Freshwater and Soil Gymnamoebae. Freshwater Biological Association, Ambleside, Cumbria, 1988.

Schuster, F. L., De Jonckheere, J.F., Moura, H., Sriram, R., Garner, M. M., Visvesvara, G. S. Isolation of a thermotolerant Paravahlkampfia sp. from lizard intestine: biology and molecular identification. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 50, 373-378, 2003.

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De Jonckheere, Johan F. 2008. Paravahlkampfia. Version 21 September 2008 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Paravahlkampfia/129905/2008.09.21 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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