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Bikonts
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A radiolarian
Scientific classification e
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Bikonta
Cavalier-Smith, 1993
Subgroups

Apusozoa
Rhizaria
Excavata
Archaeplastida
Chromalveolata

Synonyms
  • Biciliata Cavalier-Smith, 1993
  • Diaphoretickes Adl et al., 2012
  • Diphoda Derelle et al., 2015

A bikont ("two flagellae") is any eukaryotic organism in the group Bikonta. Many single-celled members of the group, and the presumed ancestor, have two flagella.

Enzymes

Another shared trait of bikonts is the fusion of two genes into a single unit. The genes for thymidylate synthase (TS) and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) code for a single protein with two functions.

The genes are separately translated in unikonts.

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