choanoflagellate

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From choano- +‎ flagellate.

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choanoflagellate (plural choanoflagellates)

  1. (biology) Any of a group of flagellate protozoa, of the class Choanoflagellatea, thought to be the closest unicellular ancestors of animals.
    • 2012, Caspar Henderson, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, 2013 edition, Granta Books, page 30:
      Choanoflagellates are plankton: tiny protozoans that feed on even tinier bacteria.
    • 2017, Douglas Fox, ‘Aliens in our midst’, Aeon, 1 August:
      Detailed studies showed that the sponge and the cells of a protist called a choanoflagellate used a different set of genes and proteins to build similar-looking structures.

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