Amoeba betrayed by anticannibal defense
The single-celled predator Amoeba proteus releases a chemical that scares away some of its prey, but that substance may also protect the amoeba from cannibals.
1999. The Ecology and Evolution of Inducible Defenses, R. Tollrian, and C.D. Harvell, eds. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Kusch, J. 1999. Self-recognition as the original function of an amoeban defense-inducting kairomone. Ecology 80(March):715.
A collection of protist images including an amoeba eating can be found at http://ant.dna.affrc.go.jp/WWW/PDB/Images/menu2E.html.
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University of Kaiserslautern
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From Science News, Vol. 155, No. 12, March 20, 1999, p. 182. Copyright © 1999, Science Service.