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

Animals & Exhibits