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The Fascinating World of Amoebae

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Arachnula impatiens is a most amazing, crazily active amoeba. See more details of Arachnula and other strange amoebae in our Incertae Sedis section. More
Leptophrys vorax is a vampyrellid amoeba that builds cysts to digest food. Here you can see a Leptophrys cell creeping out of the cyst. More
Finally we managed to get SEM images of Heliamoeba. What a beauty! More
This remarkable amoeba is a Leptomyxida species, Leptomyxa reticulata. In its flattened, reticulate form it can be up to 3 mm in size, looking like a myxomycete plasmodium. It is a common amoeba and can be easily found in soil. More
Lesquereusia is an amoeba that produces worm-like siliceous scales and uses them together with suitable debris like diatom frustules to produce a beautiful test. It uses a form of mesh-like organic cement to hold everything together. This image shows two Lesquereusia sp. just after the devision. More
Heliamoeba is a very slowly moving variosean amoeba. It can change its appearance to many different forms. Although it has filose-pseudopodia it is a member of Amoebozoa. More
Korotnevella is a genus of amoebae with finger-like pseudopods and boat-, basket- or sombrero-shaped micro-scales. This is an undescribed beautiful Korotnevella with basket-shaped micro-scales. More