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Amoeba proteus (EISCO Scientific)

Started by stemturtle, November 15, 2016, 01:37:07 PM

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stemturtle

Review of Amoeba proteus, a freshwater protist classified in the phylum Amoebozoa. This protozoan might evoke fond memories of biology class. Although the figure is a scientific model rather than a toy, when the price was discounted 75% off, I could not resist the purchase. This amoeba is closely related to the giant amoeba, Chaos carolinense. Both species extend pseudopodia for locomotion and to phagocytose smaller prey organisms. The model and base are made of PVC. At 1,000 X life, the large size is a concern for displaying with the collection.


Amoeba proteus, by EISCO Scientific, length 14 in. or 42 cm.


Side view, thickness 3.5 in. or 9 cm.


The upper surface of this pseudopodium is removable.


The key identifies the structures by numbers on the model, which are too tiny to read in the photo that follows.


Major structures are labeled here.

bmathison1972

#1
Aaaack! I need this! :)

EDIT: found it on Amazon and ordered it :)

stemturtle

#2
Good catch, bmathison. Nice example of an important group.  Amoebozoa has molecular support as the sister group to the clade of animals and fungi.

My solution to the problem of display was to attach a wire with screws to the back of the base and hang it on the wall like a picture frame.

sbell

That's pretty cool. My kids have the FameMaster 4D puzzles of the generic Plant and Animal cells, as well as the Ein-O-Science set of 6 (4?) cells & smaller (there's a virus! and a bacteria!) but this one is far more complex. The FameMasters could probably act as teaching tools as well though.

But the only other amoeba I am aware of is from the really rare Epoch Plankton set (also meant to be Ameoba proteus):



Otherwise...microbes overall kind of get ignored.

bmathison1972

Quote from: sbell on November 15, 2016, 06:53:36 PM
That's pretty cool. My kids have the FameMaster 4D puzzles of the generic Plant and Animal cells, as well as the Ein-O-Science set of 6 (4?) cells & smaller (there's a virus! and a bacteria!) but this one is far more complex. The FameMasters could probably act as teaching tools as well though.

But the only other amoeba I am aware of is from the really rare Epoch Plankton set (also meant to be Ameoba proteus):



Otherwise...microbes overall kind of get ignored.

Uggh I need that Epoch plankton set

Beetle guy

#5


This is the set by Epoch. I found the picture  this is the name of the set in Japanese: プランクトンの生態かんさつ. Difficult to find . It looks like there is one on Yahoo auctions for 400 Yen. But beware this is only the carton mound for the set, no figurines. I will keep an eye open for it Blaine.

And a little clip:
http://cyberspaceandtime.com/%E3%82%B7%E3%83%BC%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AC%E3%83%83%E3%83%88%E3%81%AE%E3%82%B1%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9F%E3%82%B8%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B3(%E5%8D%B5%E6%8C%81%E3%81%A1)%E3%81%8C%E5%87%BA%E3%81%9F%EF%BC%81EPOCH_%E5%BE%AE%E7%94%9F%E7%89%A9%E3%81%8B%E3%82%93%E3%81%95%E3%81%A4%E3%83%9E%E3%82%B9%E3%82%B3%E3%83%83%E3%83%88/X0tb16qo-vk.video
To beetle or not to beetle.

bmathison1972

We have a plankon thread: http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=911.0. Let's get this Amoeba image (and others) up there! I will contribute some as well soon!

brontodocus

Wow, what an excellent model, congrats, stemturtle! 8) And I've been checking Amazon.com, too - I found it but it seems Amazon.com is now more restrictive in sending items overseas. And it's not just this one, they won't ship the 3b Scientific amphibians and reptiles to Germany anymore, too... :'( By the way, I don't know if what I've seen of the amoeba was a discount price or not (I think it wasn't) but I'd say for a model of this size and apparent quality it's still quite cheap.

Jetoar

I think that more companies must be released educational toys as it  ^-^.
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bmathison1972

I just got my Amoeba today. Holy cow it's big. I must have misread that it was going to be 9 inches (the amoeba alone is at least 13 inches!) :). I also have the Euglena and Paramecium coming...