Zoomastigophorea

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Definition

A taxonomic group belonging to Mastigophora, and includes all flagellate protozoans that are characteristically colourless and heterotrophic.


Supplement

It includes all animal-like protozoa that use flagella for locomotion. Class Zoomastigophorea 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.