Hypermastigida

Hypermastigida

[‚hī·pər‚ma′stij·ə·də]
(invertebrate zoology)
An order of the multiflagellate protozoans in the class Zoomastigophorea; all inhabit the alimentary canal of termites, cockroaches, and woodroaches.
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blattarum ) is a multiflagellated protozoan, which parasitizes in the intestinal tracts of termites and cockroaches, belonging to the Lophomonas suborder, Hypermastigida order.
The bacteria are attached to at least one distinctive unknown amitochondriate cellulolytic protist covered with undulipodia and likely to be uninucleate, suggesting that it is a hypermastigote class Parabasalia, order Hypermastigida. The attachment structures here most likely evolved inside isopteran insects or their blatterid ancestors in the Phanerozoic Eon since termites are unknown in the fossil record prior to the Mesozoic's Cretaceous Period.