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Examples of species from the protist kingdom

Protists are still microscopic organisms but much more advanced than the prokaryotic species we just talked about. You'll probably see many examples of these species in biology class. Amoebas, algae, or paramecium might wind up under your microscopes. If you want to see some on your own, get a small sample of pond water and look at all of the wee creatures.

Protists have been traditionally divided into groups based on the way they behave or their cellular parts. Some protists have plant-like behavior and conduct photosynthesis. Colonial algae fall into this group. Other protists move on their own, hunt other protists, and behave like animals (protozoa). These species include amoebas and protists with small hairs called cilia. There are even protists that act like fungi and reproduce with spores. Some of these species include water molds and slime molds.

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