DEC 04, 2017 07:26 AM PST

Three New Protist Species Isolated From Gut of Termites


A group of scientists have identified three new Pseudotrichonympha species from the hind gut of termites. These parabasalian protists are well-studied symbionts which specifically help break down lignocellulose in the guts of animals. Pseudotrichonympha are also members of the Trichonymphida group which are characterized by very large cells with a single nucleus that are covered by thousands of luxurious long hairs, or flagella.

The three organisms shown in this viedo were named after members of the Canadian rock band, Rush. Pseudotrichonympha leei, Pseudotrichonympha lifesoni, and Pseudotrichonympha pearti were name after band members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.

Sources: Scientific Reports, The Keeling Lab (University of British Columbia)
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