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Trichostomatida (subphylum Ciliophora, class Ciliatea) An order of ciliate protozoa that are characterized by the structure of the cytostome region, where there is a ciliated depression leading into a buccal cavity lacking cilia, at the base of which occurs the cytostome. Trichostomatida are found in freshwater habitats. Some are parasitic in the intestines of animals.