Classification of Protozoa
All protozoal species are assigned to the kingdom Protista in the Whittaker classification. The protozoa are then placed into various groups primarily on the basis of how they move. The groups are called phyla (singular, phylum) by some microbiologists, and classes by others. Members of the four major groups are illustrated in Figure 1 .
An array of protozoa showing representatives of the four major groups.