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The other protists

David J. Patterson
 Plasmodium of a myxomycete slime mould
Listing based on Patterson (1999)
Containing group: Eukaryotes


The taxa listed on this page do not constitute a natural group. Since the phylogenetic relationships among the sixty or so lineages of eukaryotes are as yet unresolved, we are unable to present an overall tree. We have chosen the approach of presenting only a part of the eukaryote diversity in the tree on the Eukaryotes page and allocate an arbitrary collection of lesser known groups to this page. We expect that the number of taxa that are assigned to this page will decrease as future research expands our knowledge of the relationships among protist lineages.


Patterson, D. J. 1999. The diversity of eukaryotes. American Naturalist 154 (suppl.):S96-S124.

Title Illustrations
Scientific Name Entosiphon sulcatum (Euglenozoa)
Comments A heterotrophic euglenid. Phase contrast micrograph of a living cell.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Copyright © 2000 David J. Patterson
Scientific Name Myxomycetes
Location La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica
Comments Plasmodium of a myxomycete slime mould (Ramicristates) dripping from a leaf in the rainforest understory.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Copyright © 2000 Greg and Marybeth Dimijian
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David J. Patterson

The Josephine Bay Paul Center in Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543

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Citing this page:

Patterson, David J. 2000. The other protists. Version 01 January 2000 (temporary). http://tolweb.org/The_other_protists/2383/2000.01.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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