Sarcomastigophora

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Sarcomastigophora
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Protista
Phylum: Sarcomastigophora
Subphyla

The phylum Sarcomastigophora belongs to the Protista or protoctista kingdom and it includes many unicellular or colonial, autotrophic, or heterotrophic organisms. It is characterized by flagellae, pseudopodia, or both.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

It is divided into three subphyla: the Mastigophora, the Sarcodina and the Opalinata.[2]

It is polyphyletic, and it is not a universally recognized classification. It places great significance upon method of locomotion in generating the taxonomy.

It can be described either as:

kingdom Protista → phylum Sarcomastigophora

or in older classifications as

phylum Protozoasubphylum Sarcomastigophora.[3]

Name[edit]

It gets its name from the combination of "Sarcodina" (which is an older term used for amoeboids)[4] and "Mastigophora" (which is an older term for flagellates).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sarcomastigophora". Medical Dictionary. Retrieved 2018-03-11. 
  2. ^ Species:Sarcomastigophora
  3. ^ Dunster, Katherine; Dunster, Julian A. (1996). Dictionary of natural resource management. Vancouver: UBC Press. p. 337. ISBN 0-7748-0503-X. 
  4. ^ Pawlowski J; Burki F (2009). "Untangling the phylogeny of amoeboid protists". J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 56 (1): 16–25. doi:10.1111/j.1550-7408.2008.00379.x. PMID 19335771. 

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