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Protista Kingdom


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You get to familiarize yourself with a very important group of eukaryotes… the protists. Discover fascinating details about this diverse group, and learn how some species cause great harm while other species provide great benefits.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • List important groups of Kingdom Protista.
  • List important characteristics of groups of Kingdom Protista.
  • Give example to the diseases that are caused by protista.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What is a protist?

~ Most protists are single-celled microorganisms that have internal organelles. Some protists, like many of the algae, can be multicellular.

What are the six types of protists?

~ The six types of protists include flagellates, sporozoans, rhizopods, ciliates, algae, and slime molds.

Members of which group of protists live some of their lives as parasites and some of their lives as non-moving, infective cells?

~ Sporozoans live part of their lives as parasites and part as non-moving, infective cells.

What are some of the illnesses that can be caused by protists?

~ Protists can causes diseases such as malaria, intestinal amebiasis, meningitis, and African sleeping sickness.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be familiar with the term protista.
Course Biology
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary protista,,