Which of the five biological kingdoms - animalia, protista, plantera, monera, or fungi - has the largest biomass?
To clarify, if the biomass of every species in each of these kingdoms was added up, which kingdom would have the greatest sum?
Biology Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for biology researchers, academics, and students. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
Probably Eukaryotes. Specifically, plants.
This is a very fundamental question of life that is often overlooked. It goes without saying that plants and animals are the strongest contenders. However bacteria may also rival them. Be aware though that this is a contentious claim given more thorough estimations that take into account fluctuations in bacterial presence. This EMBO Reports science and society article claims that plants account for 99% of Eukaryotic biomass.
For further reading the Wikipedia page on biomass doesn't seem too shabby for more details on tonnage and methods of calculation.
Thank you for your interest in this question.
Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).
Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?