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The five kingdoms

The first big division of living things in the classification system is to put them into one of five kingdoms. These are based on what an organism's cells are like. The table shows the names of the kingdoms and examples of the sort of organisms they contain.

Kingdom Examples

Protoctists

amoeba
  • Amoeba
  • Paramecium

Prokaryotes

algae
  • Bacteria
  • Blue-green algae

Fungi

fungus
  • Moulds
  • Mushrooms
  • Yeast

Plants

aloe vera plant

All green plants, including:

Algae, ferns and mosses (plants that do not produce seeds) Conifers and flowering plants (plants that do produce seeds)

Animals

goat

All multicellular animals, including:

jellyfish, worms, arthropods, molluscs, echinoderms, fish, amphibia, reptiles, birds and mammals

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