A phylum of the Protoctista that contains the amoebas and cellular slime moulds
. They are characterized by the possession of pseudopodia
, which are used for locomotion and engulfing food particles. Rhizopods are found in freshwater and marine habitats and the soil. The amoebas reproduce by binary fission
, whereas the cellular slime moulds aggregate into a slimy mass that produces spores. See also Amoeba
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