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Zoomastigophora

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Definition

A class or a taxonomic group belonging to Subphylum Mastigophora that includes colourless, heterotrophic, flagellate protozoans.


Supplement

Class Zoomastigophora belongs to Subphylum Mastigophora, under Phylum Sarcomastigophora. It includes all animal-like protozoa that use flagella for locomotion.

Class Zoomastigophora consists of nine orders:

  • Choanoflagellida
  • Bicosoecida
  • Rhizomastigida
  • Kinetoplastida
  • Retortamonadida
  • Diplomonadida
  • Oxymonadida
  • Trichomonadida
  • Hypermastigida


Word origin: Greek: zôion, animal + mastīgophóros, whip-bearing.

See also: zooflagellate, protozoa.