Higher classification Protozoa
|Scientific name Sarcomastigophora|
|Lower classifications Sarcodina, Rhizopoda, Zoomastigophora, Phytomastigophora, Opalinata|
The phylum Sarcomastigophora belongs to the Protista or protoctista kingdom and it includes many unicellular or colonial, autotrophic, or heterotrophic organisms.
It is divided into three subphyla: the Mastigophora, the Sarcodina and the Opalinata.
It is polyphyletic, and it is not a universally recognized classification. It places great significance upon method of locomotion in generating the taxonomy.
It can be described either as:kingdom Protista → phylum Sarcomastigophora
or in older classifications asphylum Protozoa → subphylum Sarcomastigophora.
It gets its name from the combination of "Sarcodina" (which is an older term used for amoeboids) and "Mastigophora" (which is an older term for flagellates).
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