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Free-swimming, asymmetrically mango-shaped cells with two flagella emerging from a "gullet" at one end of the cell. Each cell has two yellow-brown chloroplasts. Periplast plates made of protein surround the cells of many cryptophytes, but these are translucent and difficult to see. Ejectosomes line the gullet, which also may be difficult to observe. As this description shows, cryptomonads are extremely complex at the subcellular level, and in fact contain 4 separate genomes.