What are the finger-like extensions of the amoeba called?


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The finger-like extensions of the amoeba are called pseudopodia. The word "pseudopodia" means false feet, and they help the amoeba move forward and to ingest food.

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An amoeba extends its pseudopodia toward a food particle and then surrounds it. Later, the amoeba engulfs the food particle.

An amoeba is a unicellular organism with a dense jelly-like substance called cytoplasm inside the cell. Food particles and other matter are found floating in the protoplasm.

Like most unicellular organisms, the amoeba reproduces asexually. The amoeba splits into two by cell division, and two daughter amoebas are formed. These daughter amoebas then develop into adult amoeba. This process of reproduction is called binary fission.

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