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Single-celled  with two flagellae and, except for Goniomonas, with chloroplasts. Found in a wide variety of moist places ranging from algal blooms in the sea and on beaches, to freshwater, to intestinal parasites in animals. 






Include diatoms, golden algae, brown algae, yellow-green algae, downy mildews and water molds.



Includes sporozoans (e.g. Plasmodium that causes malaria), ciliates and dinoflagellates).



  • Adl, S.M., Simpson, A.G., Farmer, M.A., Andersen, R.A., Anderson, O.R., Barta, J.R., Bowser, S.S., Brugerolle, G., Fensome, R.A., Fredericq, S., James, T.Y., Karpov, S., Kugrens, P., Krug, J., Lane, C.E., Lewis, L.A., Lodge, J., Lynn, D.H., Mann, D.G., McCourt, R.M., Mendoza, L., Moestrup, ., Mozley-Standridge, S.E., Nerad, T.A., Shearer, C.A., Smirnov, A.V., Spiegel, F.W. and Taylor, M.F.J.R. 2005. The new higher level classification of eukaryotes with emphasis on the taxonomy of protists. Eukaryote Microbiology 52(5): 399-451.