Index to the kingdom PROTOZOA
Predominantly unicellular, eukaryotic, non-chromistan, plasmodial or colonial, phagotrophic "animals", predominantly those organisms still informally grouped as protozoans and slime moulds. Polyphyletic, but retained here for convenience (see classification). Opportunities for addition of material to this index appear limited.
Molecular studies have substantially changed our understanding of phylogeny and appropriate classification of these organisms. It is difficult to incorporate recent classifications within existing hierarchical structures, and several different schemes have been proposed. To attempt to provide a current version here is beyond the scope of this website, and would quickly be outdated. On the other hand, earlier classifications are now unhelpful and I have decided to cover only the traditionally "fungal" 'protozoans' here — until such time as I have other photographs to incorporate.
Many traditional 'protozoans' are, in any case, difficult to photograph without a specialist photomicrographic flash system.
Links last checked on or after 18th May 2014.
A.J. Silverside, May 2014
(first hosted at www-biol.paisley.ac.uk/bioref/, September 1998)
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