Kingdom Protista

By: Valeria, Matt, Leon, Davin

This kingdom is very different compared to all the other kingdoms. It includes over 200,000 species. It is usually defined by what it is not because of it's diversity. If it is not an animal, fungus, or plant then it is part of the kingdom Protista. Within the kingdom they are divided into two groups, whether they produce their own food or if they have external digestion. The kingdom is both unicellular and multicellular.

The Cell...

  • Cells in the kingdom Protista are eukaryote cells. Below is an example.

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  • Cells in the kingdom Protista are usually unicellular, as seen in the diagram of a Paramecium and an Amoeba below.

  • Protists can be both Autotrophs and Heterotrophs. The organisms formerly classified as the kingdom Protista are a widely varying group, and most share only their unicellular or undifferentiated structures.So it appears that protists may be autotrophs or heterotrophs. Some are even mixotrophic. The autotrophic forms are called plant-like protists. The heterotrophic form are called animal-like protists. Others gain nutrients like fungi, by absorbing nutrients from decaying organic matter.
1. Ciliophora protista
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2. Proteus Animalcule
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3. Paramecium pentaurelia
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Career Opportunities Related to the Kingdom

  • Microbiologist
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  • A Biology Teacher
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Example Species:
zoomastigina trypansoma
Paramecium aurelia
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