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Holozoa

Holozoans
Temporal range: Ediacaran - Recent,
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Orange elephant ear sponge, Plexaurella nutans.
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukarya
(Unranked) Opisthokonta
(unranked): Holozoa
Lang et al. 2002
subgroups

Holozoa is a group of organisms that includes single-celled relatives, but excludes fungi.[1][2][3][4] Holozoa is also an old name for the tunicate genus Distaplia.[5]

Because Holozoa is a paraphyletic groups such as Choanozoa, which mostly consists of Holozoa minus animals.[6]

Perhaps the best-known holozoans, apart from animals, are the choanoflagellates, which strongly resemble the collar cells of sponges, and so were theorized to be related to sponges even in the 19th century. Proterospongia is an example of a colonial choanoflagellate that may shed light on the origin of sponges.

The affinities of the other single-celled holozoans only began to be recognized in the 1990s.[7] A group of mostly parasitic species called Icthyosporea or Mesomycetozoea is sometimes grouped with other species in Mesomycetozoa (note the difference in the ending). The amoeboid genera Ministeria and Capsaspora may be united in a group called Filasterea by the structure of their thread-like pseudopods. Along with choanoflagellates, filastereans may be closely related to animals, and one analysis grouped them together as the clade Filozoa.[3]

Fossil record

The oldest fossils of holozoans are animals, which date back to the Ediacaran period, about 600 million years ago.[8]

Cladogram

Opisthokonta  


Fungi


Nucleariida


Holozoa

Mesomycetozoa

Filozoa

Filasterea



Choanoflagellatea


Animalia





References

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  2. ^ Lang BF, O'Kelly C, Nerad T, Gray MW, Burger G (October 2002). "The closest unicellular relatives of animals". Curr. Biol. 12 (20): 1773–8.  
  3. ^ a b Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran; Minge, Marianne A.; Espelund, Mari; Orr, Russell; Ruden, Torgeir; Jakobsen, Kjetill S.; Cavalier-Smith, Thomas; Aramayo, Rodolfo (2008). Aramayo, Rodolfo, ed. "Multigene phylogeny of choanozoa and the origin of animals". PLoS ONE 3 (5): e2098.  
  4. ^ Elias M, Archibald JM (August 2009). "The RJL family of small GTPases is an ancient eukaryotic invention probably functionally associated with the flagellar apparatus". Gene 442 (1–2): 63–72.  
  5. ^ Tatiàn, Marcos; Antacli, Julieta Maria; Sahade, Ricardo (2005). "Ascidians (Tunicata, Ascidiacea): species distribution along the Scotia Arc". Scientia Maria 69 (suppl. 2): 205–214. 
  6. ^ Steenkamp, Emma T.; Wright, Jane; Baldauf, Sandra L. (2006). "The Protistan Origins of Animals and Fungi". Molecular Biology & Evolution 23 (1): 93–106.  
  7. ^ Ragan, Mark A.; Goggin, C. Louise; Cawthorn, Richard J.; Cerenius, Lage; Jamieson, Angela V.C.; Plourde, Susan M.; Rand, Thomas G.; Söoderhäll, Kenneth; Gutell, Robin R. (1996). "A novel clade of protistan parasites near the animal-fungal divergence". PNAS 93 (21): 11907–11912.  
  8. ^ Porter, Suzannah M. (2004). "The fossil record of early eukaryotic diversification". Paleontological Society Papers 10: 35–50. 
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