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Loukozoa (From Greek loukos: groove) is a paraphyletic taxon used in some classifications of excavate protists.

The largest group within Loukozoa is the " Jakobids". Loukozoa, however, also includes Malawimonas. Although Jakobids and Malawimonas look rather similar, they are not specifically related to one another within Excavata, and Loukozoa is a paraphyletic group. Furthermore, molecular phylogenetic evidence suggests strongly that Jakobids are instead most closely related to Heterolobosea and Euglenozoa.