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Document Type

Research

Abstract

The flagellate family Peranemidae contains a number of genera which are characterized by the fact that in locomotion the flagellum is held straight anteriorly for about two-thirds of its length and beats only near the tip, thereby giving rise to a smooth "gliding" or "creeping" motion of the organism without rotation or gyration. This type of locomotion is readily noted in the common type genus Peranema. Other characteristics of the genera ordinarily placed in the family are varied (review, Jahn, 1946). Some genera have a rigid body; others are plastic. Some have one or more rod-like structures, the so-called "pharyngeal rods" in the region of the gullet; others do not. Some are holozoic; others are saprozoic. There are even two genera (Distigma and Sphenomonas) ordinarily placed in the family in which the flagellum is not held directly anterior during locomotion. However, this type of flagella activity has not been described in other orders of flagellates, and any flagellate possessing such activity may, at least for the present, be assigned to the family.

Publication Date

1947

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

54

Issue

1

First Page

369

Last Page

371

Copyright

© Copyright 1947 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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