These two images were taken just a few seconds apart, in the time it took to readjust the slide and snap the shutter. An Amoeba proteus can move at the rate of about 5 mm per minute. They move by extending and retracting pseudopods (false feet) over the surface. They have one disk shaped nucleus, and a contractile vacuole for expelling waste water. They are carnivores, in that they eat (engulf) bacteria and other small creatures.
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