Phylum Amoebozoa (Amoeboid Protozoa and Slime Molds)Classes of the Phylum Amoebozoa Discovered in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Can't find the classes you are looking for? Note:
Classes on this list are only those contained
in the ATBI database,
and do not neccessarily include
all Park classes from historic park reports, literature,
or other sources that have not yet been entered in the Biodiversity Database.
In Case You Didn't Know ...
Slime molds used to be considered part of Fungi but are now grouped with Amoebae. There are two kinds: plasmodial and cellular. They feed on microorganisms that live in dead plant material. Therefore, they are common on forest floors, deciduous logs and soil. They are truly spectacular under the microscope. Its like another world.
Prior to DLIA and the Smokies ATBI we had 128 species. Now we have 289. 143 are new to the Park and 18 new to Science all together.