The table below lists the basic general characteristics that are used to differentiate between the different kingdoms.

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Criteria Kingdom
Animals Plants Fungi Protists Archaebacteria Eubacteria
Type of cells Eukaryotic Eukaryotic Eukaryotic Eukaryotic Prokaryotic Prokaryotic
Cell wall None Yes (cellulose) Yes (chitin) None Yes (peptidoglycan) Yes
Cell organization Multicellular Multicellular Multicellular Single celled Single celled Single celled
Heterophroph or Autotroph? Heterotroph Autotroph Heterotroph Both Both Both
Method of reproduction Mostly sexual but can be asexual Mostly sexual but can be asexual Both Both Asexual Asexual
Example organisms Sponges, worms, lobsters, starfish, humans Mosses, ferns, conifers, flowering plants Mushrooms, yeasts, moulds Algae, amoebas, parameciums Methanogens, thermophiles, halophiles Bacteria, cyanobacteria

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