which living things use the process of cellular respiration to release their stored energy

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I most definitely can't list all of the living things that use cellular respiration to release stored energy.  The number of organisms is simply too large.  Pick an organism and chances are that it does cellular respiration. Any organism that exists as part of the animal kingdom will use cellular respiration.  That means humans, lions, tigers, and bears (oh my), and a lot more.  

Some students might think that the animal kingdom does cellular respiration, and the plant kingdom does only photosynthesis.  That's not true.  Plants will do photosynthesis and cellular respiration.  Plants produce their own stored energy through the process of photosynthesis, but plants use that stored energy by doing cellular respiration.  That's why plant cells have mitochondria.  

Fungi also do cellular respiration.  Protists also do cellular respiration. 

I have just listed 4 of the six kingdoms of living things: Protist, fungus, plant, and animal.  They all perform cellular respiration.  I could summarize it this way: organisms with eukaryotic cells perform cellular respiration.  

What about bacteria?  Bacteria are crazy diverse.  They have a variety of ways to produce usable energy depending on the species.  Many bacteria do not do cellular respiration, but many bacteria do perform cellular respiration.  It's still going to be a long list, but the list of organisms that do not do cellular respiration is going to be a shorter list than listing the organisms that do use it. 

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