Oxymonadida

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Oxymonadida

[‚äk·sē·mə′näd·ə·də]
(invertebrate zoology)
An order of xylophagous protozoans in the class Zoomastigophorea; colorless flagellate symbionts in the digestive tract of the roach Cryptocercus and of certain termites.
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In what are probably the deepest branches, sex has been reported only for the essentially nonculturable Hypermastigote and Oxymonad members of the wood-digesting hindgut communities of termites and cockroaches, where it has been inferred from microscopic observation of cell and nuclear fusion and meiosis-like cell divisions (18, 19).
These purportedly primitively amitochondriate protists included the microsporidia, pelobionts, diplomonads, retortamonads, oxymonads, entamoebae, trichomonads, and other parabasalids.