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Higher Taxon OPISTHOKONTA Cavalier-Smith, 1987


This taxon comprises a broad group of eukaryotes, including both the animal and fungal kingdoms. In at least one stage of their life cycle, they form cells that are propelled by a single posterior flagellum. The fungi (Holomycota/Nucletmycea) have cell walls that contain chitin, unlike those of plants, some protists and bacteria. The animals (Holozoa/Metazoa) are multicellular organisms with cells that lack rigid cell walls.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
04-Feb-2015 OPISTHOKONTA Cavalier-Smith, 1987 06-Jul-2015 MODIFIED
19-Mar-2012 ADDED