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opisthokonts


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An assemblage of eukaryotic organisms that includes the kingdoms containing all animals and fungi, plus certain flagellated protists, such as the DRIPs and choanoflagellates. Although the grouping is based chiefly on molecular systematics, members are characterized by having flagellated cells propelled by a single posterior undulipodium (flagellum), as in the sperm cells of mammals or the zoospores of chytrids (see Chytridiomycota). This contrasts with the anterior undulipodia of flagellated cells in other eukaryotes.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.


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