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Kunstformen der Natur (1899)
SLIME MOLD FRUITING BODIES
Myxomycete plasmodia are generally from as small as a few centimeters to several meters square in size (among the largest).
There are two types:
- acellular, consisting of multiple nuclei encased in a single cell wall,
- cellular, which are composites of multiple, individual cells.
Slime molds are thought to be one of the first organisms formed as a collective of individual cells. After slime molds become plasmodial they roam and devour bacteria, fungi, and detritus, moving at a rate of about 1/25th of an inch per hour, or 2 cm per min. among the quicker. At the end of its career as a plasmodium the slime mold settles in a place where there is a draft that can carry aloft its spores, which it releases from structures called “fruiting bodies.”
Myxomycete taxonomy is based on these fruiting bodies.
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Stemonitis fusca is a rather marvelous species of slime mold that carries its jelly-like spore-forming fruiting bodies on curious stilts | photo by Nick Cantle | +
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