Taxonomy and Lab Observations
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Taxonomy and Lab Observations


Taxonomy is the branch of biology that classifies species based on their
characteristics. The system of classification is based on binomial nomenclature.
Species are classified into Kingdoms, Phylum, Classes, Families, Orders, Genus,
and Species. Their is a great amount of debate about among taxonomists
surrounding the classification of amoeba. The diversity of the amoeba
makes it a difficult species to classify. Their is great variety in their size,
the degree of activity varies; their dimensions, form, and deployment of
psuedopodia; their surface (ectoplasm); their color, where applicable;
cytoplasmic structure, such as vesicles, crystals, and granules.
The image below shows a picture of amoeba proteus crwling about in a droplet of water.

Phylum: Sarcodina
Class: Rhizopoda
Order: Amoebida
Family: Amoebidae
Genus: Amoeba
Species: Varies between organisms
Laboratory Observations
An relatively medium-sized amoeba was observed in the laboratory. It was fairly active and pseudopods were seen as it moved through the glass surface. Small granules that looked like food vacuoles were viewed as the amoeba was moving. The cytoplasm was distinct but the nucleus and other organelles were not observed. There was no reproduction nor any type of phagocytosis seen.