Protists: Transport, Excretion, Respiration, Regulation, Nutrition, Reproduction, Development


This Amoeba is a flexible active Protist that is able to move freely by
using Pseudopods and is in the phylum Sarcodine.

  • To gain nutrition and energy the amoeba takes in prey with its pseudopod by surrounding their meal. Then it is able to digest the meal in its food vacuole.
  • They would normally snack on particles of food and even other cells.
  • An amoeba is able to reproduce asexually by mitosis annd cytokinesis, which will result in an exact copy of its DNA in the offspring.

Check out this link for the structure of a paramecium :

  • The Paramecium uses cilia for transportation which act like oars. They beat in a regular pattern, to create movement
  • For food intake, Paramecium can also use its cilia, to pull the prey into its oral groove and then its gullet. The food then becomes a food vacuole and is digested.
  • Paramecium produces asexually as well, by binary fission (Pg. 475 in Biology book) and also conjugation (Pg. 502 in Biology book)


This Plasmodium is a parasitic protist
and is in the phylum Sporozoan.

  • Trypanosoma and Plasmodium are parasitic
  • The Plasmodium moves by the flow of blood in an organism, the trypanosoma uses flagella
  • Plasmodium reproduce by spores asexually ; Trypanosoma by Meiosis sexually

Seaweed (Phaeophyta) can be used for toothpaste and even pudding

  • Volvox.jpgAll algae are autotrophic
  • Euglena, Chlorophyta - benefit Food web
  • The volvox at the right is a colonial algae
  • Diatoms - most abundant
  • Pyrrophyta - red tide, food poisoning
  • Rhodophyta - argar, coral reefs
  • Phaeophyta - food alginates, ice cream and pudding
  • Algae consists of Euglenophyta, Bacillariophyta, Pyrrophyta, Rhodophyta, Phaeophyta, and Chlorophyta

Want a quick simple way to remember those phylum?
Try this on for size:
Everyone (Euglenophyta)
Bought (Bacillariophyta)
Plenty of (Pyrrophyta)
Red (Rhodophyta)
Pinnapple (Phaeophyta)
Cups (Chlorophyta)