choanoflagellate


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cho·a·no·mas·ti·gote

(kō'an-ō-mas'tī-gōt),
A term, in the series used to describe developmental stages of the parasitic flagellates, denoting the "barleycorn" form of the flagellate in the genus Crithidia characterized by a collarlike extension surrounding the anterior and through which the single flagellum emerges.
See also: amastigote, epimastigote, promastigote, trypomastigote.
[G. choanē, a funnel, + mastix, whip]

choanoflagellate

or

collar flagellate

any stalked protozoan that occurs either singly or in branching colonies, possessing a FLAGELLUM surrounded by a cup-like structure into which food particles are wafted by flagellar movement. They are very similar to CHOANOCYTE cells.
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For both choanoflagellate species and all other metazoan phyla, we did not find any HcM gene (Table AI).
These data support the view that all animals are derived from choanoflagellates, but cannot differentiate between single or multiple origins of multicellularity.
One of the best studied groups of heterotrophic flagellates is the choanoflagellates. Although many groups are little known, it seems clear that the Antarctica ocean is one of the marine areas with the highest levels of endemism.
Over 600 million years ago, the single-celled choanoflagellates (Latin for "bearing a collar and a whiptail") branched off from the same ancestor that gave rise to animals.
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In the case of the Metazoa, one such outgroup that has been examined is the choanoflagellates, which are single-celled protists hypothesized to be closely related to metazoan taxa.
Differences between the structure of sponge choanocytes and the choanoflagellate cell, and the fact that many choanocytes are arranged within single chambers in a sponge (Fig.
Immediately after being plated, the dissociated tissues consisted of unattached rounded masses of various sizes, some of which could be identified by their collars and flagella as parts of choanoflagellate chambers.
"Biologists for decades believed the existing theory was a no-brainer, as sponge choanocytes look so much like single-celled choanoflagellates -- the organism considered to be the closest living relatives of the animals," she said.
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In the new vision--based on increasingly sophisticated genetic analyses--people and other animals are closer cousins to single-celled choanoflagellates than to other multicellular organisms.
Recently, integrins and other components of the integrin-mediated adhesion and signalling machinery have been identified in unicellular organisms; such as in the filasterean Capsaspora owczarzaki, a close relative of metazoans and choanoflagellates.