One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A phylum of single-celled animals which includes the amoebas and their relatives, which have extensible pseudopodia.
- ‘For a brief period before 1998, the clade soon to be called Cercozoa was referred to as Rhizopoda, as it included a large proportion of the species previously included in that form-taxon (specifically those bearing filose pseudopodia).’
- ‘For convenience, earlier protist classifications placed all amoebae possessing lobose pseudopodia in the class Lobosea, belonging to the superclass or phylum Rhizopoda.’
Modern Latin (plural), from rhizo- ‘root’ + Greek pous, pod- ‘foot’.
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