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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Amoebozoa
Genus: Phalansterium
Cienkowski, 1870

Phalansterium is a genus of single-celled organisms comprising several species.[1] Phalansterium produces tetraspores.[2]

Phalansterium is hard to classify; it has a distinctive ultrastructure of its pericentriolar material. Molecular evidence places it in the Amoebozoa.[3][4]

It has been suggested that it is similar to the ancestral eukaryote.[5]


  1. ^ "Phalansterium". Encyclopedia of Life.  
  2. ^ Guiry, M.D.; Guiry, G.M. (2008). "Phalansterium". AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. Retrieved 2009-02-21.  
  3. ^ Thomas Cavalier-Smith, Ema E. -Y. Chaoa and Brian Oates (18 May 2004), "Molecular phylogeny of Amoebozoa and the evolutionary significance of the unikont Phalansterium", European Journal of Protistology 40 (1): 21–48, doi:10.1016/j.ejop.2003.10.001  
  4. ^ Nikolaev, Si; Berney, C; Petrov, Nb; Mylnikov, Ap; Fahrni, Jf; Pawlowski, J (Jun 2006), "Phylogenetic position of Multicilia marina and the evolution of Amoebozoa." (Free full text), International journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology 56 (Pt 6): 1449–58, doi:10.1099/ijs.0.63763-0, PMID 16738126,  
  5. ^ Cavalier-Smith T (March 2002). "The phagotrophic origin of eukaryotes and phylogenetic classification of Protozoa". Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 52 (Pt 2): 297–354. PMID 11931142.  


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