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The heterokonts or stramenopiles are a major line of eukaryotes with more than 100,000 known species,[1] most of them diatoms.[2]

Heterokonts
Pacific rockweed, Olympic National Park, USA.jpg
Pacific rockweed, Fucus distichus, in Olympic National Park
Scientific classification
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Heterokontophyta
Typical classes

Heterokonts are mostly algae. In one stage of their life cycle they have two unequal flagella. They include both single-celled types and brown algae (seaweeds such as kelp and Sargassum). They are members of the Kingdom Chromalveolata.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "stramenopiles". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
  2. Hoek, C. van den; D.G. Mann and H.M. Jahns (1995). Algae: An Introduction to Phycology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 104, 124, 134, 166. ISBN 0-521-31687-1.