Classification, Laboratory Tools, and Techniques

What are the major characteristics of each kingdom of living organisms?

Kingdom Cell Type Characteristics
Monera (Bacterial Kingdoms and Archaean Kingdoms) Prokaryotic Single cells lacking distinct nuclei and other membranous organelles
Protista Eukaryotic Mainly unicellular or simple multicellular, some containing chloroplasts. Includes protozoa, algae, and slime molds
Fungi Eukaryotic Single-celled or multicellular, including yeasts, not capable of photosynthesis
Plantae Eukaryotic Single-celled or multicellular, capable of photosynthesis
Animalia Eukaryotic Multicellular organisms, many with complex organ systems


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