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Entamoeba histolytica cyst
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Protozoa
Phylum: Amoebozoa
Subphylum: Conosa
Cavalier-Smith, 1998

The Conosa is one of three subphyla in the Amoebozoa. It is subdivided into two infraphyla – the Mycetozoa and the Archamoebae.

Conosa includes the species Dictyostelium discoideum and Entamoeba histolytica, among others.

About 2000 species are known, and probably there are many more. Because these cells have few visible characteristics, they do look rather alike: "they exhibit few morphological traits that can be used as taxonomic characters". As their molecular biology becomes known, many species may get split.

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