Difference between whiplash flagellum and tinsel flagellum.

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What are their basic functions? I mean tinsel is used for what? Whiplash is used for what?

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The flagellum which consists of lateral hair-like projections along its length is called as Tinsel flagellum. These hair-like projections are called fimmers or mastigonemes. These filaments change the flagellar action so that a wave coming down the filament towards the tip propels the cell instead of pushing it.

The naked flagellum is referred to as Whiplash flagellum. It consists of two parts-a long lower portion and a short-flexible upper portion. 

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