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Cafeteria (bicosoecid)

Cafeteria roenbergensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Phylum: Heterokontophyta
Subphylum: Sagenista
Class: Bicosoecophyceae
Order: Bicosoecales
Family: Cafeteriaceae
Genus: Cafeteria
Fenchel & Patterson, 1988

Cafeteria is a genus of marine bicosoecid described in 1988 by Tom Fenchel and D. J. Patterson. It was created after the discovery of a new species Cafeteria roenbergensis, a tiny (5–10 µm) eukaryotic organism that is eaten by protozoa and small invertebrates. The name is meant to indicate the importance of the genus in the food web.

At least three species are recognised:[1]

  • Cafeteria marsupialis Larsen & Patterson, 1990
  • Cafeteria minuta (Griessmann, 1913) Larsen & Patterson, 1990
  • Cafeteria roenbergensis Fenchel & D.J.Patterson, 1988


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