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Description of Ciliophora:
Alveolates with nuclear dimorphism - co-existence of a selectively polyploid macronucleus and diploid micronucleus, flagella = cilia numerous at some stage, somatic cilia in rows (kineties), and the bases of the cilia giving rise to elements of the cortical cytoskeleton; cortex perforated by mouth or mouths, cytopyge (= cell anus), opening of contractile vacuoles, and egress points for ejectisomes. Common, widespread in most aquatic habitats. Many descriptive terms relate to the pattern of oral or somatic cilia as revealed by silver staining.
A search that checks against common names and lexical variants.
Example: A search for "Pomatomus saltator" will check presence in the tree of "Pomatomus sallatrix", "Pomatomus saltator", or "Pomatomus saltatrix".
A search that checks against common names and lexical variants and homotypic variants.
Example: A search for "Pomatomus saltator" will check presence in the tree of "Cheilodipterus saltatrix", "Gasterosteus saltatrix", "Pomatomix saltatrix", "Pomatomus sallatrix", "Pomatomus saltator", "Pomatomus saltatrix", or "Temnodon saltator".