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Abstract

Historically, symbiotic protists in termite hindguts have been considered to be the same species if they are morphologically similar, even if they are found in different host species. For example, the first-described hindgut and hypermastigote parabasalian, (Leidy, 1877) has since been documented in six species of , in addition to the original discovery in . Here we revisit one of these, , using molecular phylogenetic analysis from single-cell isolates and show that the in is distinct from isolates in the type host and describe this novel species as n. sp. We also show the molecular diversity of from the type host is greater than supposed, itself probably representing more than one species. All of this is consistent with recent data suggesting a major underestimate of termite symbiont diversity.

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