tinsel flagellum

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A type of eukaryotic flagellum (see undulipodium) with numerous hairlike projections (mastigonemes) along the shaft. They occur in certain protists, particularly the fungus-like oomycotes and hyphochytrids. The mastigonemes vary in nature: some are solid protein rods; others are tubular. They increase the power generated by the flagellum.

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