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Description of Oxymonas

Club shaped; 5 - 165µm; with an anterior extensile rostellum containing fibres which arise at the base of the attachment point; a terminal nodule like a holdfast insures the fixation of attached cells to the intestinal intima; 4 flagella arise in 2 pairs in the shoulder region; crystalline axostyle originates at the base of the rostellum, traverses the cell and protrudes at the posterior end where it is surrounded by a sheath; nucleus is generally anterior, at the base of the rostellum; attached flagellates are non motile and free moving ones swim in the intestinal fluid and partly loose their rostellum.

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