The Testaceafilosia includes amoebae with filopodia and with a proteinaceous, agglutinated or siliceous test. To explore the deeper phylogeny of this group, we sequenced the small subunit ribosomal RNA coding region of 13 species, including the first sequence of an amoeba with an agglutinated test, Pseudodifflugia sp. Phylogenetic analyses using maximum parsimony and maximum likelihood methods as well as neighbor joining method yielded the following results: the order Euglyphida forms a monophyletic lineage with the sarcomonads as sister group. The next related taxa are the Chlorarachnea and the unidentified filose strain N-Por. In agreement with the previous studies the Phytomyxea branch off at the base of this lineage. The Monadofilosa (Testaceafilosia and Sarcomonadea) appear monophyletic. The Testaceafilosia are polyphyletic, because Pseudodifflugia sp. is positioned as the sister taxon to the sarcomonads. Within the order Euglyphida Paulinella branches off first, together with Cyphoderia followed by Tracheleuglypha. In maximum likelihood and neighbor joining analyses, the genus Euglypha is monophyletic. The branching pattern within the order Euglyphida reflects the evolution of shell morphology from simple to complex built test.
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