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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: incertae sedis
Phylum: Telonemia
Class: Telonemea
Order: Telonemida
Family: Telonemidae
Genus: Telonema
Griessmann, 1913

Telonema is a genus of single-celled organisms.

Some sources group Telonema within the cryptomonads-haptophytes assemblage.[1] It is sometimes assigned to a unique phylum, Telonemia.[2]


Two species are recognized by AlgaeBase as of 2013, Telonema subtile and T. antarcticum.[3] The latter was described in 2005.[4]

Other sources call the former Telonema subtilis.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Eukaryotes". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  2. ^ Shalchian-Tabrizi K, Eikrem W, Klaveness D; et al. (July 2006). "Telonemia, a new protist phylum with affinity to chromist lineages". Proc. Biol. Sci. 273 (1595): 1833–42. doi:10.1098/rspb.2006.3515. PMC 1634789Freely accessible. PMID 16790418. 
  3. ^ M. D. Guiry in Guiry, M. D. & G. M. 2013. Telonema Griessmann, 1913. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. Accessed 9 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b Klaveness, D., et al. (2005). Telonema antarcticum sp. nov., a common marine phagotrophic flagellate. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 55(6) 2595-2604.
  5. ^ Okamoto, N., et al. (2009). Molecular phylogeny and description of the novel katablepharid Roombia truncata gen. et sp. nov., and establishment of the Hacrobia taxon nov. PLoS ONE 4(9) e7080.