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Taxonomic status of Pneumocystis

James Mahaffy mahaffy at dordt.edu
Mon Feb 16 11:18:18 EST 1998


It had been my impression that Pneumocystis had definitely been moved
to the fungi.  But the latest edition of Roberts and Janovy 1996 list it
under the Family Cryptosporididae with its "taxonomic position still
undetermined" and some discussion on why it is sometimes classified as a

It is not critical, but I will be talking about the chap Wed to my
Zoology Class and it would be helpful to know if it has been removed
from the protistids. 


James F. Mahaffy                   e-mail: mahaffy at dordt.edu
Biology Department                 phone: 712 722-6279
Dordt College                      FAX 712 722-1198
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