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Holozoans
Temporal range: Early Tonian - Present, 1000–0Ma
Elephant-ear-sponge.jpg
Orange elephant ear sponge, Agelas clathrodes, in foreground. Two corals in the background: a sea fan, Iciligorgia schrammi, and a sea rod, Plexaurella nutans.
Scientific classification e
(unranked): Unikonta
(unranked): Obazoa
(unranked): Opisthokonta
(unranked): Holozoa
Lang et al., 2002
Subgroups

Holozoa is a group of living things that includes animals, and some single-celled relatives of animals. It excludes fungi. Holozoa is also an old name for the tunicate genus Distaplia.

Holozoa is a clade: a group of plants or animals with a common ancestor. It has all organisms close to animals.

An example of a well-known holozoan is the choanoflagellate, which looks a lot like the cells of a sponge. Proterospongia is an example of a choanoflagellate that might give clues as to how sponges evolved.

Evolution

The phylogenic tree (evolution tree) below shows how clades broke into newer clades. This includes Holozoa.

Opisthokonta
Holomycota
Cristidiscoidea

Fonticulida



Nucleariida Nuclearia sp Nikko.jpg



Fungi/

BCG2





True Fungi Asco1013.jpg



Aphelida





BCG1


Rozellomyceta/

Rozella Rozella allomycis2.jpg




Namako-37



MicrosporidiaFibrillanosema spore.jpg








Holozoa

Ichthyosporea Abeoforma whisleri-2.jpg



Pluriformea

Syssomonas



Corallochytrium Corallochytrium limacisporum.png



Filozoa

Filasterea Ministeria vibrans.jpeg


Choanozoa

Choanoflagellatea Desmarella moniliformis.jpg



Animalia Mola mola.jpg







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