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Rhodomonas salina



Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Chromista
Subregnum: Hacrobia
Phylum: Cryptophyta

Classes: Cryptophyceae – Goniomonadophyceae – Katablepharidophyceae – Telonemea

Familia (incertae sedis): Katablepharidaceae

Genera (incertae sedis): Butschliella – Calkinsiella – Protocryptochrysis – Skvortzoviella – Smithimastix



Cryptophyta Silva, 1962, Cavalier-Smith, 1986

Synonyms or similar groups



Additional references

  • Cavalier-Smith, T. 2004. Chromalveolate diversity and cell megaevolution: interplay of membranes, genomes and cytoskeleton. In: Hirt, R. P. & Horner, D. S. (eds), Organelles, genomes and eukaryote phylogeny. An evolutionary synthesis in the age of genomics. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 75–108. (The Systematics Association Special Volume 68: 75–108). Reference page
  • Hoef-Emden, K., Archibald, J.M. 2016. Cryptophyta (Cryptomonads). In: Archibald, J.M., Simpson, A.G.B., Slamovits, C. (Eds.). Handbook of the Protists. Springer, pp. 1-41. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-32669-6_35-1

Alternative classifications


Silva (1962)


Silva, P.C. (1962). Classification of algae. In: Lewin, R.A. (ed.). Physiology and biochemistry of algae. Academic Press, New York and London, pp. 827–837, [1], [2]


John O. Corliss (1984)


From The kingdom Protista and its 45 phyla

In Kingdom Protista
Assemblage "Cryptomonads"
Phylum Cryptophyta Pascher, 1914

Cavalier-Smith (1986)


Cavalier-Smith, T. (1986). The kingdom Chromista, origin and systematics. In: Round, F.E. and Chapman, D.J. (eds.). Progress in Phycological Research. 4: 309–347, [3].

Kingdom Chromista

Gillott in Margulis et al. (1990)


Gillott, M., 1990. 11. Phylum Cryptophyta (Cryptomonads). In: Margulis, L., J.O. Corliss, M. Melkonian, D.J. Chapman (ed.). Handbook of Protoctista. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Boston, p. 139-151. See Brands, S.J. (1989-2015), [4].

Kingdom Protoctista

  • Section III: Phyla with flagellated stages, but without complex sexual cycles

Cavalier-Smith (1993)


From Kingdom Protozoa and its 18 phyla

In Kingdom Chromista, Subkingdom Euchromista
Infrakingdom Cryptista Cavalier-Smith 1989, stat. nov.
Phylum Cryptista (syn. Cryptophyta)

Cavalier-Smith (1998)


From A revised six-kingdom system of life

In Kingdom Chromista
Subkingdom Cryptista Cavalie-Smith 1989
Phylum Cryptophyta Cavalier-Smith 1986

Clay et al. (1999)


Clay, B.L., Kugrens, P., and Lee, R.E. (1999). A revised classification of Cryptophyta. The Botanical Journal of the Linnaen Society 131: 131–151, [5].

David J. Patterson (1999)


In Eukaryotes
Clade Cryptomonads

Vernacular names

English: Cryptophytes
eesti: Krüptofüüdid
français: Cryptophytes