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Darned King Phillip, or Enron meets the Linnaean classification


  • Since when has there been a broader Linnaean classification than kingdom? I was checking up on my old friend Euglena, which, when last I checked, was trapped in some shadowy taxonomic netherworld, inhabiting both Kingdom Animalia and Kingdom Protista. In fact, I recall that Kingdom Protista was like Botany Bay, inhabited by slime molds, diatoms and other prokaryotic neer-do-wells, but it looks like somebody came through and cleaned up the place. There are now three domains above kingdom, including Domain Archaea (methanogens, halophiles, and thermophiles), Domain Bacteria, and Domain Eukarya, which is where all the action still seems to be. I was pleasantly surprised to see that now euglenoids have their own kingdom, and the foster-child protists have found a home in Kingdom Mycetozoa.
  • Speaking of which, if you happen to be in Northern Iceland this weekend, why don't you attend the algae festival ?
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