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Scientific classification e
Clade: CRuMs
Family: Rigifilida
Cavalier-Smith 2012

Rigifilida is a family of non-ciliate phagotrophic eukaryotes. It consists on two genera: Micronuclearia and Rigifila.


Cells of rigifilids are covered with either a single or a double-layered submembrane pellicular lamina that makes them rigid in consistence. Slender branching filopodia emanate from a ventral aperture of the cell and are employed to collect bacteria upon which they feed and to attach the organism to the substratum. Around this aperture, the pellicle is reflexed around forming a peristomial collar. Other notable features are flat and irregular shaped mitocondrial cristae, a single dorsal nucleus and the lack of centrioles and cilia.[1]

Phylogenetic affinities and classification[edit]

Rigifilida is currently placed in CRuMs.[2]


  1. ^ Yabuki, A., Ishida, K-I., Cavalier-Smith, T. (2013) Rigifila ramosa n. gen., n. sp., a Filose Apusozoan with a Distinctive Pellicle, is Related to Micronuclearia. Protist 164, 75-88.
  2. ^ Adl, Sina M.; Bass, David; Lane, Christopher E.; Lukeš, Julius; Schoch, Conrad L.; Smirnov, Alexey; Agatha, Sabine; Berney, Cedric; Brown, Matthew W. (2018-09-26). "Revisions to the Classification, Nomenclature, and Diversity of Eukaryotes". Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. doi:10.1111/jeu.12691. ISSN 1066-5234. PMID 30257078.