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Amoeba are protozoans. As such, they are typically involved in the food web in a number of ways. They eat algae and other protozoans (though they can also be parasitic, as in the case of amoboid dysentary). Protozoans are eaten by zooplankton in the marine environment. Here's the reason we have moved to the term "food web" rather than "food chain": Viruses and bacteria (through the release of enzymes) can cause an amoeba to lyse and spill its contents. The result is that bacteria and microalgae can also feast on the amoeboid contents. Yum! Dr. T
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