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:
- ^ Fenchel, T., Patterson, D. J. (1988). Cafeteria roenbergensis nov. gen., nov. sp., a heterotrophic microflagellate from marine plankton. Marine Microbial Food Webs, 3, 9–19, .
- ^ WoRMS (2010). M. D. Guiry & G. M. Guiry, ed. "Cafeteria T. Fenchel & D.J. Patterson, 1988". AlgaeBase. National University of Ireland, Galway. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved February 8, 2012.