Are Protists Prokaryotic or Eukaryotic? Overview
Eukaryotic creatures are protists. All eukaryotic creatures that aren’t plants, animals, or fungus belong to the kingdom of Protista.
Classification of Protists
The kingdom of Protista is made up of a varied collection of species with few commonalities. Based on the features they share with animals, plants, and fungi, animal-like (protozoa), plant-like (algae), or fungi-like (fungi) are the classifications for protists (moulds).
Eukaryotic vs. Prokaryotic Cells
Eukaryotic cells have organelles that are membrane-bound, while prokaryotic cells do not. As with eukaryotic creatures, protists contain a nucleus as well as other membrane-bound organelles like the endoplasmic reticulum as well as the Golgi apparatus. In addition to mitochondria, most protists have chloroplasts for photosynthesis. A cell wall is found in many fungi and plant-like protists.