Number of Flagella

8 or Less, Includes Oxymonads and Trichomonads

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Pyrsonympha minor

Oxymonad = a protist with eight flagella and an articulating axostyle that extends the length of the body. Trichomonad = a flagellate that has eight or fewer flagella and the axostyle is not articulated.

More Than 8, Includes Hypermastigids

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Spirotrichonympha flagellata

Hypermastigid = a flagellate that has numerous flagella, typically arranged in spiral rows around the body. The axostyle is not articulated.