This descendant of protokrakocia pentapseudoflagellis has evolved the ability to form loose colonies. The strands of protein act as a net, which allows the organisms to increase their nutrient uptake. Any fragments which touch the connecting filaments will be stuck fast and slowly moved into the nearest cell for consumption. This has led to a more sophisticated internal structure. The nucleus is now surrounded by a complex of organelles, leading to an enhanced ability to produce key proteins. The connecting filaments also allow for a limited form of DNA swapping between members of a colony, so if a mutation (beneficial or harmful) arises in one cell, there is a chance it will spread to other cells within the colony too. p. rete tend to form free-floating structures up to several centimeters in diameter.
Living Relatives (click to show/hide)
None found. Note that this does not necessarily mean it has no living relatives at all, but that, assuming all taxonomy is filled in, its entire phylum is extinct; any relatives it does have likely do not resemble it.