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Genus Amoeba



Fascinating Facts

  • They can move or change shape by projections of their cytoplasm called pseudopodia (false feet).
  • In tough conditions they can surround themselves with a hard, protective coating called a “cyst.”


Form and Function

  • Single-celled, shape-shifting, free-living microorganism.
  • Found most commonly in freshwater on decaying vegetation.
  • “Amoeba” comes from the Greek word for “change” and refers to a particular genus or any organism with a similar appearance.


Location in the Zoo

Water Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza