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Description of PseudotrypanosomaThe only species known, P. giganteum is very large (55-205 µm) and lives in the termite Porotermes adamsoni from Australia. The cell has four free anterior flagella and a recurrent one associated with a well-developed undulating membrane; no free posterior recurrent flagellum. Costa very stout and contractile axostyle with a moderate diameter and a terminal bulbous expansion. Parabasal body very long and branched. Light microscopy by Grassi (1917), Kirby (1931), Sutherland (1933), and Cleveland (1961); EM partly in Amos et al (1979). Type species: Pseudotrypanosoma giganteum Grassi, 1917.