Conosa

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Conosa
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Entamoeba histolytica cyst
Scientific classification
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Conosa

Cavalier-Smith, 1998
Infraphyla

The Conosa is one of three subphyla in the Amoebozoa. It is subdivided into two infraphyla – the Mycetozoa and the Archamoebae.[1][2]

Conosa includes the species Dictyostelium discoideum and Entamoeba histolytica, among others.[3]

About 2000 species are known, and probably there are many more. Because these cells have few visible characteristics, they do look rather alike: "they exhibit few morphological traits that can be used as taxonomic characters".[2] As their molecular biology becomes known, many species may get split.

References[change | change source]

  1. Cavalier-Smith T 1998. "A revised six-kingdom system of life". Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 73 (3): 203–66. doi:10.1111/j.1469-185X.1998.tb00030.x. PMID 9809012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bapteste E; Brinkmann H. & Lee J.A. 2002; et al. "The analysis of 100 genes supports the grouping of three highly divergent amoebae: Dictyostelium, Entamoeba, and Mastigamoeba". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 99 (3): 1414–9. doi:10.1073/pnas.032662799. PMC 122205. PMID 11830664.
  3. Song J; Xu Q. & Olsen R. 2005; et al. "Comparing the Dictyostelium and Entamoeba genomes reveals an ancient split in the Conosa lineage". PLoS Comput. Biol. 1 (7): e71. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.0010071. PMC 1314882. PMID 16362072.