Six Kingdoms

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Six Kingdoms

1) Cell type, complex or simple2) Their ability to make food3) The number of cells in their body

Plants, Animals, Protists, Fungi, Archaebacteria, Eubacteria.


How are organism placed into their kingdoms?

You are probably quite familiar with the members of this kingdom as it contains all the plants that you have come to know - flowering plants, mosses, and ferns. Plants are all multicellular and consist of complex cells.


What are the Kingdoms of life?

The animal kingdom is the largest kingdom with over 1 million known species. All animals consist of many complex cells. They are also heterotrophs. Members of the animal kingdom are found in the most diverse environments in the world.


Most fungi are multicellular and consists of many complex cells. Fungi are organisms that biologists once confused with plants, however, unlike plants, fungi cannot make their own food. Most obtain their food from parts of plants that are decaying in the soil.

Archaebacteria are found in extreme environments such as hot boiling water and thermal vents under conditions with no oxygen or highly acid environments. These are unicelluar (one cell) organisms.

Like archaebacteria, eubacteria are complex and single celled. Most bacteria are in the EUBACTERIA kingdom. Eubacteria are classified in their own kingdom because their chemical makeup is different.

Most protists are unicellular and complex cells. Sometimes they are called the odds and ends kingdom because its members are so different from one another. Protists include all microscopic organisms that are not bacteria, not animals, not plants and not fungi.




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How many are there?


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When Linnaeus developed his system of classification, there were only two kingdoms, Plants and Animals. But the use of the microscope led to the discovery of new organisms and the identification of differences in cells. A two-kingdom system was no longer useful.


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