Living reference work entry
The trophozoites of Naegleria fowleri ( Naegleriasis/Fig. 1) are characterized by blunt pseudopodia called lobopodia. They reach a size of 15–30 mm and live in general as other members of the Limax group in freshwater. These amoebae engulf their food by so-called amoebostomes. They are able to form two flagella (Ameba/Fig. 1). The cysts of N. fowleri are spherical, often clump closely together, and reach diameters of 7–15 μm. Naegleria is able to become an opportunistic agent of disease: PAME, naegleriasis (Fig. 1).
KeywordsOpportunistic Agent Reach Diameter Blunt Pseudopodium
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