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Daphnia infected with M. bicuspidata (top) and uninfected (bottom). (photo credit: Meghan Duffy, University of Michigan)

Parasite loads on individual members of Daphnia can be extremely high. Many interesting parasites, most of which are unculturable, grow in these Daphnia, including microsporidia such as Gurleya, the Ichthyosporean Caullerya, and the Ascomycota yeast Metschnikowia bicuspidata

M. bicuspidata has been selected as a part of a Fungal single-cell genome sequencing pilot project. It is related to, but not considered conspecific with, the brine shrimp parasite Metschnikowia bicuspidata NRRL YB-4993.

Genome Reference(s)


  • Duffy MA, Hall SR. Selective predation and rapid evolution can jointly dampen effects of virulent parasites on Daphnia populations. The American Naturalist. 2008. 171(4):499-510. doi:10.1086/528998
  • Duffy MA, et al. Parasite-mediated disruptive selection in a natural Daphnia population. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 2008. 8:80. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-8-80