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|Triactinomyxon stage of Myxobolus cerebralis.|
They were once considered as parasitic protozoa, but are now known to be members of the phylum Cnidaria. Analysis of 50 coding genes from Buddenbrockia showed the Myxozoa were severely modified members of the Cnidaria.
- from Greek myx- = slime or mucus + zoa = animals
- E. Jímenez-Guri, et al. (July 2007). "Buddenbrockia is a cnidarian worm". Science 317 (116): 116–118. . .
- Kent M.L., Margolis L. & Corliss J.O. 1994. The demise of a class of protists: taxonomic and nomenclatural revisions proposed for the protist phylum Myxozoa Grasse, 1970. Canadian Journal of Zoology 72(5):932-937.