The Choanoflagellates: Evolution, Biology and Ecology

Barry S. C. Leadbeater


Choanoflagellates have 3 particular claims to status: they're the nearest, dwelling, unicellular family members of animals; they're a significant portion of aquatic microbial foodwebs; and one crew is notable for its siliceous basket-like coverings. This landmark publication deals a distinct synthesis of over 40 years of choanoflagellates examine. Key parts are lined, from the phylogenetic facts assisting the sister-group dating among choanoflagellates and Metazoa, to choanoflagellate distribution and variety in marine and freshwater environments. The constitution and meeting of choanoflagellate loricae can be offered including an entire dialogue of a singular instance of 'regulatory evolution', suggesting that the swap from nudiform to tectiform mobile department and lorica construction used to be accomplished by means of a unexpected reorganisation of present buildings and mechanisms. delivering an authoritative precis of what's at present identified approximately choanoflagellates, this name will function a starting place upon which destiny study and dialogue can occur.

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